November 14, 2017

Beneath a Prairie Moon

The latest from Kim Vogel Sawyer is entitled Beneath a Prairie Moon.  On the first page, you will learn that a lot of the men from Spiveyville, Kansas, are anxious to acquire some mail-order brides.  That is all except one!  Mack Cleveland, who runs the town hardware store, is intent on waiting for God to provide a wife for him.  After his father was swindled by a mail-order bride, he wants nothing to do with these Eastern women!

After her father's shady dealings caused her family to fall from their place in high society, Abigail Brantley has had to lower herself to work as an assistant at Bingham's Bevy of Brides.  Now Abigail must travel to Kansas to tutor a bunch of rough cowboys, in preparation to meet their mail-order brides. She has no idea what she will find once she arrives!

Wait until you see what Mrs. Bingham and Abigail encounter, when they inform these men that they must attend etiquette classes to prepare themselves for the brides, who are on their way!

 As you read through the pages of this tale, you soon get the sense that several of the men in town, who didn't sign up for a bride, may be heading down that path soon themselves!

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

November 11, 2017

Lady Jayne Disappears

In her debut novel, Lady Jayne Disappears, author Joanna Davidson Politano will take you back to the dark and ghoulish days of early 18th century England.  Many have compared this new author's writing style to that of Charles Dickens; however, in this book, you see the awesome hand of God, working in ways that you would never find in a tale of Dickens!

After living her entire life with her father in debtor's prison, Aurelia has a difficult time adjusting to her life, following her father's death. Wait until you see the havoc that will ensue, when Aurelia enters Lynhurst Manor, her late father's former home!

Aurelia secretly attempts to continue her late father's weekly fiction series, Lady Jayne Disappears, under his pen name Nathaniel Droll.  Aurelia finds herself in some very awkward and complicated situations as she slowly, piece-by-piece, begins to put together the tale of what happened to Jayne!

It will definitely be worth your time reading through the pages of this tale.  You will walk along the path with Aurelia and find out what truly happened to Lady Jayne!

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

November 7, 2017

blue ridge sunrise

Denise Hunter's latest book is named, Blue Ridge Sunrise.  On the opening pages, you find Zoe Collins heading back to her hometown of Cooper Falls, Georgia, with her young daughter, Gracie. The reason for her return is, unfortunately, to attend her grandmother's funeral.  Zoe had left town five years ago, both to pursue her music career in Nashville and to hide the fact that she was pregnant!

Zoe soon learns that Cruz Huntley, a friend from her past, is managing the peach orchard, that her grandmother left to Zoe in her will.  In light of the fact that Zoe and Cruz would most likely be seeing each other on a daily basis, Zoe knows that she must reveal her secret to Cruz.  He is the father of her daughter, Gracie!  Once both Zoe and Cruz are able to handle this revelation, they find another problem waiting for them.  Due to the current financial state of the orchard, Zoe is planning to host a big sale at the local Peach Fest; however, as she looks out, over her property, one evening before the sale, she sees her barn ablaze. It is being consumed by fire!

As Zoe, Cruz and local officials attempt to discover who is at fault; unfortunately, they discover a man from Zoe's past whom she would rather forget.  Hold on, through this fast-paced ending, when you will discover who is attempting to bring Zoe to her knees!

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

November 1, 2017

Single, Dating, Engaged, Married.

Ben Stuart presents guidance on dating and all that goes with it in his book, Single, Dating, Engaged, Married. navigating life+love in the modern age, in a way that only he can.  If you have ever seen him preaching at Passion City Church, you will expect him to bring a fresh look to this age old subject!

Ben discusses the following areas at length:

Offers a time to pursue an undistracted devotion to God.

Not a status to dwell in, but a process to move through.

 A season to allow a young couple to focus on the complexities of bringing their two lives together as one. 

The strongest bonds are formed when a man and a woman live out their marriage on mission together.

Throughout this discussion, Ben points your heart and mind, straight back toward your relationship with Jesus Christ!

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

October 27, 2017

Too Far Down

Too Far Down, the latest from Mary Connealy, brings her Cimarron Legacy series to an end.  With bullets being fired every time any member of the Boden family turns around,  you do not know who will be safe!

Cole Boden is now trying to get to the bottom of who is behind the explosions at his mines.  You cannot figure out who can be trusted in this world of the wild, wild west!  You will watch as a relationship begins to grow between Cole and his neighbor Melanie Blake, as she helps him try to solve this mystery!

Do not be surprised when a character from one of Mary Connealy's previous series shows up before the final pages of this tale!

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

October 23, 2017

Across the Blue

Carrie Turansky's latest novel is entitled Across the Blue.  The year is 1909. and there is talk on the streets of London, England, concerning the first airplane to fly across the English Channel.   Isabella Grayson, daughter of a wealthy newspaper baron, cannot let go of her dream of writing articles for the paper; however, her mother has a different dream: Isabella marrying an aristocrat!  When Isabella finally agrees to pursue some of the men her mother has selected, it is only in exchange for her being allowed to write some articles about the new airplanes.  Isabella has no idea what situations will arise from this agreement!

 When Isabella suddenly meets James Drake, after his flying machine crashes on the Grayson's property, her mind will not stop being filled with thoughts of him.  James' mind, however, is firmly set on winning the contest, that will reward one thousand pounds to the first man to successfully fly an airplane across the English Channel.  James comes from a very poor background, so this money will make all the difference in his life.  When he begins having feelings for Isabella, he hopes having money will make him acceptable to Isabella's family!

As you walk with Isabella, as she is trying to obtain the information needed for her articles, and with James, as he is attempting to improve his airplane and his skill at flying it, you will learn details about a secret from James' past.  Watch and see how Isabella and James attempt  to discover the truth about James birth and what family he really comes from!

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

October 14, 2017

A Dangerous Engagement

Melanie Dickerson finishes up her The Regency Spies of London series with A Dangerous Engagement.  When Felicity Mayson cannot seem to catch a man's eye at the parties in London, due to her lack of a dowry, she heads out with her spinster aunt to visit her mother's sister-in-law, Lady Blackstone, in the country.  Felicity is soon introduced to wealthy man, Oliver Rately.  When Oliver begins to shower her with attention and even a marriage proposal, Felicity cannot think of anything else to do, but to say yes!

Felicity soon discovers that this country estate is filled with men, led by Lady Blackstone, planning a revolt against the government of England!  Felicity does not know which way to turn to find protection for herself and her aunt.  She soon crosses paths with Philip Merrick, a spy working for the English government who has quietly infiltrated this group of rebels.  While Felicity attempts to make Lady Blackstone and Oliver believe that she is loyal to their cause, she is secretly helping Philip gather the information he needs to show the government what is actually being planned!

Everything goes from bad to worse when Lady Blackstone discovers that Phillip is spying on her group, for the government!  Felicity does what she can to convince this group not to immediately kill Philip; however, after Philip frees himself and heads back to London, Felicity is left to deal with these rebels on her own.  Hang in there to see what comes to pass on the final pages of this action-filled tale!