September 22, 2020

Beholden


 










Beholden, by Jody Hedlund, tells the classic story of Cinderella in a brand new way.  You meet Vilmar, the second son of King Christian, on the opening pages of this tale.  The King has decided that it is time for Vilmar and his two brothers to undergo the Royal Testing: to determine which son will be the next King.  Vilmar is sent to the mine pits of Warwick to seek his Testing and live out the ancient wisdom Be slave to all!

Shortly after arriving at the gem mine, Vilmar meets a beautiful young woman named Gabriella.  He soon sees the kindness of this woman.  It is a difficult life in the mine; however, Gabriella takes the time to help anyone in need.  You soon learn that Gabriella left a life of filled with riches before ending up at the mine.  Following the death of Lady Gabriella's father, the Duchess of Burgundy and her two daughters move into Gabriella's family home.  Shortly thereafter, Gabriella's is unjustly accused of a crime against the Duchess and is sent to work in Warwick's gem mine as punishment!  

When a friendship begins to grow between Gabriella and Vilmar, Gabriella decides to ask Vilmar to train her to fight against an unknown foe.  After the training is finally completed, Vilmar learns that the foe is a monster, no young woman would have a chance against!

Hold on to the final page of this tale to see how Gabriella fights when she finally comes face-to-face with her foe!

I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for my honest review.


September 15, 2020

The Librarian of Boone's Hollow

 The Librarian of Boone's Hollow, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, takes place during the Great Depression.  Addie Cowherd is working hard on her college degree at the University of Kentucky when she suddenly learns that her tuition is no longer being covered.  Her father has lost his job and can no longer make any payments.  Addie must go out into the world and find a way to support herself!

When Addie's part-time job, at the college library, suddenly opens a full-time position at another library in Kentucky, she knows she must take it.  It is not like any job Addie has held before.  This job is not at a library in a building, rather Addie must hop into a saddle and ride a horse through the hills of rural Kentucky!

The citizens Addie must serve are not very welcoming to outsiders.  Addie must find a way to overcome their suspicions.  When Addie runs into Emmett Tharp (a former schoolmate) in Boone's Hollow, she feels relieved to see a familiar face.  Emmett has returned home because even with a degree he is unable to land a paying position!

Watch as Addie and Emmett attempt to find their way in this backward world of rural Kentucky.  You will be pleased to see the warmth and friendship they form along the way!

I received an e-copy of this book from Waterbrook Publishers. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


September 8, 2020

Forget Me Not
















Forget Me Not, by Sarah M. Eden, tells of the early days of the Jonquil family.  Lucas Jonquil has been friends with Julia Cummings since she was a young girl.  When he returns home, after his years of schooling and traveling the world with his friends, Lucas finds his friend Julia a beautiful young woman!

When shortly after Lucas's return, their parents announce that they are to be wed.  Both Lucas and Julia are shocked.  Before they know it, they are man and wife.  As Lucas and Julia travel from Lampton Park to Brier Hill, the location Lucas has claimed as his home, Julia has a lot of questions to process: will she ever see her childhood home again, will she feel at home in Lucas's world and does Lucas truly want to spend the rest of his days at her side?

This is an interesting tale to follow, as you meet all of Lucas's friends (the Gents) and see how each one of them play a part in helping Lucas and Julia find a way to move forward together!

I look forward to following this new series of tales!


September 1, 2020

Wager for a Wife






























Karen Tuft's tale, Wager for a Wife, will take you back to jolly ole England!

William Barlow's life changed the moment his estranged father died.  He has not only inherited his father title, but also all his debt!

William tries to pull Lady Louisa Hargreaves into his world by asking her to marry him and honor a wager his father made with her grandfather!

Hold on until the final page to see how William handles all these changes in his world!


August 25, 2020

Almost a Bride

 Almost A Bride, by Jody Hedlund, is the latest tale in her Bride Ships series.  After her journey on the latest bride ship from England, Kate Millington arrives in British Columbia intent on building her new life.  The main problem is that Kate cannot make up her mind on the man she should marry.  Kate rejects one man soon after arriving in this new land and now, after making a commitment to a second man, she finds she cannot go through with this promise either.  To make matters worse, Kate looks across the street in this dusty western town and sees Zeke Hart, a man she grew up with in Manchester, England!

After growing up in poverty, Zeke Hart is now the richest man in town.  He has his hands in a number of different business; however, when Zeke discovers gold in the hills, he knows his way is set.  Now he cannot believe it when he realizes that this new beautiful woman in town is actually his childhood friend's little sister!

Zeke quickly forms an interest in pursuing Kate; however, it seems someone is out to slow his progress.  Zeke wonders if they are jealous of his riches or simply his interest in making Kate his wife.  The other blockade in his way is Kate's desire to marry a man who shares her faith.  Unfortunately, after several trials in his life, Zeke has walked away from God!

This is an interesting tale to follow as both Zeke and Kate have interesting challenges to overcome!

I received an e-copy of this book from the author, in exchange for my honest review.




August 17, 2020

The Christmas Swap



















The Christmas Swap, by Melody Carlson, is a fun novella that will get you ready for the holiday season.  Emma Daley must decide where she wants to spend the holiday.  Either she will stay in her hometown of Tempe, Arizona, or travel with her friend Gillian's family to Breckenridge, Colorado, for a house swap.  The opportunity to experience her first Christmas in a world full of snow wins out!

Unbeknownst to the Emma and Gillian's family, Tyler Prescott, a popular songwriter, owns the house that they will be occupying for the home swap.  When Tyler gets accidently "caught" outside the house, as he is on his way to the airport, he explains that he is the "caretaker".  This explanation leads to a whole lot of confusion!

This is a fun tale to follow.  You will see Emma loving everything about this home and its location, while the matriarch of the family absolutely hates all the she sees and experiences.  Sparks will fly in a multitude of ways after Emma befriends the "caretaker"!

Hang on to see where everyone lands by the final page of this tale!

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


August 12, 2020

Autumn Skies



















Autumn Skies, by Denise Hunter, will bring closure to her A Bluebell Inn Romance series.  This latest tale will give you a glimpse of Grace Bennett as she attempts to get her outfitters company off the ground.  You will yet again see interactions with her brother, Levi, and her sister, Molly; however, a new character will enter the scene!

Wyatt Jennings has come to town for some R&R.  Wyatt has been working for the secret service; however, after receiving a gunshot wound on the job, he feels the need to deal with some trauma from his past.  When Wyatt shows up at the Bluebell Inn, Grace does not know what to make of this quiet man whose eyes seem to follow every move she makes!

This is an interesting tale, as Grace and Wyatt get to know each other as they go exploring through the mountains together.  Unfortunately, they both must deal with trauma from their past that will connect them more than they ever imagined.   You will be interested to see how Wyatt's and all the Bennett's lives will change by the end of this tale!

I received this e-book  from Thomas Nelson through netgalley.com.