March 11, 2017

Finding Stephanie




Finding Stephanie is the final entry to Susan May Warren's Noble Legacy series.  While her brothers Nick and Rafe have left their family
home to make something of their lives, Stephanie Noble has stayed behind trying to keep things afloat on the ranch.  She has spent a lot of her free time rescuing wounded and abandoned horses; so when Sunny, the first horse she rescued, suddenly dies, Stephanie feels an emptiness left behind.  Stephanie sees herself as a defender of the oppressed, so when she sees the brokenness in the eyes of three young people, who seem to have nowhere to call home, she cannot resist opening her home to offer them a safe place to temporarily reside!

Stephanie came upon Haley and Macey, as well as their older brother, Gideon, outside a burning building.  These three had been using this unoccupied house as a place to stay warm and had accidentally started the fire.  Unfortunately, they did not know that the new owner, Lincoln Cash, Hollywood star, has just appeared on the scene to see his home, on the ranch he just purchased, go up in smoke!  Lincoln had just received the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, so he was looking forward to relocating to his new, quiet home in Montana.  Now he is left with a mess to clean up!

As you watch Lincoln and Stephanie work together to build a safe world for Haley, Macey and Gideon, you will also see sparks beginning to form.  While Lincoln and Stephanie learn to deal with hurts from their past, you learn of a dark force working against them.  One moment you think Lincoln has a crazed fan from his past stalking him; however, you soon learn that Gideon's past is coming back to haunt them all.  Hang on for this wild ride!



March 5, 2017

Taming Rafe









In Susan May Warren's tale Taming Rafe, when you see Rafe Noble crash into Katherine Breckinridge's New York City fundraising event with his truck, you have no idea how Katherine will respond.  She is attempting to raise money to
save Mercy Hospital, the non-profit group that had been her mother's life work.  If Katherine fails, she feels like she will lose the last connection she has with her mother!

Little does Katherine know that Rafe has just lost his best friend, Manuel, in a bull-riding event and he is carrying the blame for Manuel's death on his shoulders.  As you watch Katherine follow Rafe back to recover at his family's ranch, you will be surprised to learn that Katherine has connections to more people in Phillips, Montana, than just Rafe Noble.  Katherine's past is deep in the soil of this town!

Hang on as both Katherine and Rafe deal with deep hurts from their pasts.  You will be surprised to learn by the final pages that a woman that Katherine has befriended in Phillips is actually her birth mother!



March 1, 2017

Drops of Gold











I recently ordered A Fine Gentleman, the newest tale from Sarah Eden.  Thinking of Sarah Eden, one of my favorite authors, lead me to go back and re-read one of her former books, Drops of Gold.  I loved this tale as much on my second reading as the first!

Drops of Gold is set in the English countryside, in the mid-nineteenth century.  You are introduced to Marion as she is traveling to what she hopes will be a new place of employment, The Meadows.  Marion's father recently passed away and she has been left destitute with no money and no place to rest her head.  She is hoping to acquire a position as governess to five year old, Miss Caroline Jonquil.  When Marion arrives at The Meadows, she finds a delightful little girl; however, her father, Layton Jonquil, seems to be angry at the world!

Following the death of his wife, Layton has closed himself off to so much in his life.  It is interesting to watch him slowly open up and learn to find joy again in the world.  You will also be surprised to find by the final pages of this tale that Marion did not come from the lower class, but instead she is from a much higher level of society!

Hold on as you watch Marion and Layton make plans to build a life together!

This was yet again a lighthearted and enjoyable read.  Definitely worth the time and effort!

February 21, 2017

Through the Eyes of a Lion












On the pages of Through the Eyes of a Lion by Levi Lusko, you will see the heart of a father in the midst of losing his five year old daughter to death.  You will also see how his awesome God never left his side through it all!

It is encouraging as you watch this family learn that on the other side of mourning and loss, God has another plan in store.  A plan that is full of more purpose and life than you could ever imagine!

February 19, 2017

A Viscount's Proposal




In Melanie Dickerson's latest addition, A Viscount's Proposal, to her Regency Spies of London series, you will find Leorah Langdon at odds with her brother's best friend, the Viscount of Withinghall.  Nathaniel Langdon and Edward Withinghall have been close friends ever since they meet at school, as young boys. Edward, however, does not have time for his friend's younger sister, Leorah, who does not seem to want to follow society's rules. Edward is more focused on following a clear path to become the next Prime Minister of England; therefore, he wants nothing in the way of achieving his goal!

You will be surprised to find that after a carriage accident leaves Edward and Leorah in a compromising situation, they must suddenly deal with the serious after affects.  Edward is willing to propose to save Leoah's reputation; however, Leorah, under no circumstances, is willing to say yes!  After seeing her parents loveless life together, she wants something more for her own marriage.  Not only do the rumors seem to be beginning, but it has also been discovered that the damage to the viscount's vehicle was deliberately set!

When it is determined that Edward cannot be moved for several weeks, while his leg, broken in the accident, is healing, you will be interested to see how both Leorah and Edward's mindsets change when they are forced to spend time together.  Will they change enough to embrace a new way of thinking?  You will interested to discover where Leorah and Edward end up by the final page of this tale!



February 14, 2017

A Note Yet Unsung









A Note Yet Unsung is the latest from Tamera Alexander.  When Rebekah Carrington learns of her grandmother's death, she knows she must leave Vienna and return to her hometown.  With her grandmother gone, she has nowhere safe to land.  When Rebekah left home years ago, it was after her stepfather actually physically attacked her!

 Rebekah must find work to pay the bills; however, she is quickly disappointed when her attempt to audition to play oboe in the newly formed Nashville symphony ends in failure.  Before Rebekah can locate a place to rest her head, she learns her luggage has been mistakenly delivered to her mother's home.  Rebekah suddenly finds herself standing in the rain in front of her mother's front door.  This return home does not last long when her stepfather tries to force his way into her bedroom yet again!

Before you know it, Rebekah has landed a new place to call home, as well as a job as assistant to the symphony's conductor, Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb.  You will be surprised about all that transpires as Rebekah attempts to help Tate complete the music for the upcoming introduction of newly formed Nashville's philharmonic orchestra.  You will be surprised to see where Rebekah ends up by the final pages of the novel!


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



February 11, 2017

An Unknown Protector










An Unknown Protector is the latest tale in Shelley Shepard Gray's series entitled A Lone Star Hero's Love Story.  Thomas Baker is finally free from his time at the Johnson's Island POW camp; however, before he knows it, Thomas has lost money while gambling with some wealthy men in Texas and finds himself in prison yet again!

Laurel Tracey has been trying to keep her family ranch afloat ever since her mother and stepfather passed away.  When her step-brother and step-sister seem unwilling to carry their weight, Laurel decides to put down money to purchase help.  She hires Thomas Baker, a man who has just been released from jail, to help her protect and work on her property for one year .  Thomas finally is able to enjoy his freedom; until, strange occurrences begin to happen around the ranch. When a dead calf is found at Laurel's front door, Laurel and Thomas begin to look around the ranch for clues to what could be behind this strange occurrence.  When someone begins firing at him and Laurel while they are out searching, Thomas knows it is time to call in additional help!

When Thomas was at the POW camp, he made friends with his fellow inmates.  As they left to build a new life for themselves, they had vowed to be there for each other whenever the need arose.  So you are not surprised, when suddenly three former soldiers appear at Laurel's ranch to help identify who might be behind this dangerous activity.  It is interesting to see how these men work together to find the answer.  Are Laurel's siblings up to know good or is it someone else in town out to cause Laurel problems?

Hang on to see who is the true culprit!


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