May 21, 2018

The Road To Magnolia Glen

The Road To Magnolia Glen is the second book in Pam Hillman's A Natchez Trace series.  The reader is initially introduced to Connor O'Shea in the first book of this series, The Promise of Breeze Hill.  In this next book, you will see three of Connor's brothers, Quinn, Rory and Patrick, begin their journey from Ireland to join their brother in this new world across the ocean!

As the O'Shea family begin their journey, they befriend the Young sisters.  These three young women are also traveling from Ireland. The O'Shea's soon learn that Kiera Young, the eldest sister, is actually traveling to America to marry a complete stranger!

When Kiera finally arrives in Natchez, Mississippi, she learns that her brother-in-law did not set up a marriage for her, but instead paid off a personal debt, by selling all three girls to the owner of a local brothel!

Watch as Quinn quickly spirits these young girls away from danger and settles them at his brother Conner's property.  Quinn had planned to strike out on his own; however, now he feels the need to remain and protect these young women from a man with wicked intentions!

This is a fast-paced story, that will have you flying through the final pages to learn the conclusion to the tale!

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

May 8, 2018

The Accidental Guardian

The Accidental Guardian is the latest from Mary Connealy.  The year is 1867 and the main character, Deborah Harkness and her sister Gwen, have survived an attack on their wagon train.  The robbers think they have left no survivors; however, Deborah and Gwen had been hiding in the woods, with two young children! 

Soon Trace Riley comes upon the scene and instantly knows that he must move fast to get these four to the safety of his ranch.  Once these newcomers are settled in, Trace and his ranch hands quickly begin to build new housing. Once the snows begins to fall, everyone will be trapped in until spring!

Trace has served as the "guardian" of this frequently used trail to the west, keeping travelers safe from harm on their journey to a new life.  Trace knows the danger that exists in these hills, for as a young boy traveling west, a train wreck left him alone to learn to survive in this rugged world.  Trace sees signs in this latest train attack that remind him of the attack he himself survived!

Watch as Trace and Deborah attempt to locate these robbers to bring them to justice.  You will see them both trust in their God in the midst of some very precarious situations!

This book will have you looking forward to the next book in this series!

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review.

May 1, 2018

A Loyal Heart

Jody Hedlund's latest tale, A Loyal Heart, will take you back to the year 1392.  You find yourself at Ludlow Castle with Lady Olivia, as her family's enemies are breaking down the doors.  She has clothed herself in armor as a soldier, in hopes to secretly exit with her younger sister.  After a failed attempt to fight against these invaders, Olivia must accept defeat.  Unfortunately, Sir Aldric, Lord Pitt's top commander, sees through her disguise and takes Olivia and her younger sister captive!

Olivia soon finds herself at Lord Pitt's home and learns that she and her sister will be returned to their home, if and only if, their father pays a ransom to Lord Pitt and fully pledges his loyalties to the King of England!

Watch as Aldric attempts to keep Olivia out of trouble in her new surroundings.  She is attempting to locate a rare artifact for her father in Lord Pitt's treasure trove. When Olivia is caught in the act of stealing this item, she is thrown in the dungeon with a final punishment: hanging!

Aldric comes to the rescue and suggests to Lord Pitt an alternative punishment: Olivia can prove her true allegiance, by marrying one of Lord Pitt's knights.  Surprisingly, Lord Pitt recommends that the knight be none other than Sir Aldric.  This is the last thing that either Olivia or Aldric want to take place!

As Olivia and Aldric are waiting for the day of their wedding, an odd state of events takes place, and they both end up imprisoned in Olivia's father's dungeon.  Hold on, until the final page, to find out what finally happens to Olivia and Aldric!

April 25, 2018

Everyday Holy

Every Day Holy is a new devotional from Melanie Shankle.  This book is my first experience with Melanie’s writings.  It is not quite what one would expect from a devotional; however, it is an interesting read.

Melanie shares about her experiences with God, in more of an out of the box approach than a traditional devotional would.

Hold on as the author will lead you in a fresh way of connecting with your Heavenly Father!

I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for my honest review.

April 20, 2018

Honeysuckle Dreams

Honeysuckle Dreams is the latest from Denise Hunter.  Hope Daniels has been lending a hand to help care for Brady Collins' baby boy, Sam, following his wife, Audrey's death.  When Brady learns that Audrey's parents want to sue him for guardianship of the baby, he knows he has a battle on his hands!

Before her death, Audrey had shared with her mother that Brady was not the father of her child.  After blood work confirms that Brady is not Sam's biological father, Audrey's parents quickly move forward with plans for adoption.  When Brady's lawyer assumes that Hope is more than just a friend to Brady, Hope and Brady soon find themselves planning for a wedding!

Hang on to see how Brady and Hope deal with all the bumps along the way.  Dealing with a new baby is not an easy task and neither is a new marriage, based merely on a high school friendship!

I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.

April 15, 2018

Storm Front

Storm Front, the latest tale in Susan May Warren's Montana Rescue series, tells you more about the life of Ty Remington, the man who cannot seem to find his place in this world.  Ty was formerly the Peak Rescue team pilot; however, after a grave mistake on the job, he now fills whatever job needs to be tackled by the team.  When the team learns that Chet, their team leader, is missing following a massive tornado in Minnesota, they immediately jump into action and head toward the scene!

Brette Arnold originally met Ty and several others on the Peak team, when she came to Montana to ski with her friend Ella Blair.  Now, she has moved on from working as a freelance writer to taking photographs of tornadoes, as a part of a storm chasing team.  This latest tornado has touched the life of her team captain, Jonas Marshall, as well.  His younger brother, Creed, is missing!

This is a fast paced tale, as these two teams join together to search for people lost in the storm.  In the midst of it all, Ty and Brette must deal with hurt feelings from their past, when Brette ran away from Ty, after she was informed of her diagnosis of breast cancer!

Hang on to see how God changes the lives of both Ty and Brette, by the end of this tale.  It is interesting to see how God shows up in the lives of so many characters in this story.  You will see several team members from previous books in the Montana Rescue series:  Ben King, Gage Watson, Ian Shaw and Pete Brooks.  You will even get a glimpse of the next book in this series!

I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

April 9, 2018

The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey

The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey is the final tale in Carolyn Miller's Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series. You will remember Clara DeLancey from the previous stories in this series.  At the beginning of this tale, you will find Clara walking along the cliffs of England, with no hope, ready to end it all.  When suddenly, a strong hand reaches out, to save her from a certain death!

Captain Benjamin Kemsley, injured during the war helping his fellow soldiers, is back in England; however, he still cannot keep himself from helping those in need. Clara had kept her face hidden, as she walked along the cliff, so the identity of the woman he saved is unknown to him!

Clara and her family have relocated to Brighton, England, in order to deal with the shame that has fallen on their family. In this town that is much smaller than London, Clara soon crosses paths with Benjamin's sisters. Her friendship with this God-honoring family opens up new hope in Clara's world.  It does not take long for Clara and Benjamin to realize that they had met before: on the cliffs!

Watch as Clara's faith and reliance on God is renewed and acted on in a whole new way of living.  As Clara attempts to correct her misguided steps from the past, a set of possible wrong choices are set before her.  By the final pages of this tale, it is interesting to see where God will lead her, as you will once again see Benjamin save Clara's life!