January 13, 2021

Spinster Ever After


 










Spinster Ever After, by Rebecca Connolly, brings the Spinster Chronicles series to a close.  After years of working as a writer with the Spinster Chronicles, Charlotte Wright has changed her mind.  She swore for years that she would never marry, now with all her friends recently married, Charlotte has decided she wants to walk down this path as well.  However, Charlotte does not realize that this path will take her away from Michael Sandford, her best friend and also a man who has been in love with her for years!

This is an interesting tale to follow as both Charlotte and Michael adjust to this new reality in their worlds!


January 6, 2021

A Cowboy For Keeps



 










A Cowboy for Keeps, by Jody Hedlund, is the first tale in her latest series, Colorado Cowboys.  When Greta Nilsson and her young sister, Astrid, arrive in Fairplay, Colorado, she is surprised to learn that the man she came to marry is thought to be dead.  After she lost her life-savings when their stagecoach was held-up, Greta does not know which way to turn.  When Wyatt McQuaid offers her a proposal of marriage, Greta feels like she has found the answer to her problem!

Little does Greta know that the mayor has offered Wyatt financial assistance with starting up his ranch, if he agrees to help bring respectability to Fairplay.  Wyatt thinks he can simply marry Greta and start a family.  Unfortunately, this endeavor is not as simple as Wyatt assumes!

This marriage is starting off with a pretty big secret.  Greta had come to Colorado with a different focus in mind.  She is hoping to find a climate that will help Astrid's battle with consumption.  Now Greta's focus is being complicated with details needed to help Wyatt, her new husband, achieve success!

This is a fun tale to follow as Greta and Wyatt adjust to their new way of life in the wild, wild West.  You will be reading page after page to discover how they overcome the complications that unexpectedly spring up on their path!

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


January 1, 2021

Thawing the Viscount's Heart


 










Thawing the Viscount's Heart, by Mindy Burbridge Strunk, is a clean, easy-to-read Christmas novella that takes place in early 18th-century England.  After her father's death, Gabriella Babineaux leaves France hoping to find a place to fit into the English society.  Gabby is accepted by family friends; however, she encounters resistance from Aaron Campbell, a nobleman who still burns with negative feelings from his days fighting the Napoleonic war in France.  The very sound of a French accent just sets him off!

Gabby first encounters a negative experience from Aaron while ice skating in town;however, when her friends carriage has an accident on the way to their country estate, you will not believe who owns the home where they can take shelter.  None other than Aaron Campbell, the Viscount of Brinton!

You will see Aaron and Gabby's relationship slowly change as they have time to get to know each other better throughout this Christmas season.  Of course, you enter some moments of tension before the final page!


December 28, 2020

Her Silent Knight



















Her Silent Knight
, by Ashtyn Newbold, is a lively Christmas tale that takes place in Regency England.  Sir Edmund has come to London to attend his grandmother's funeral.  When he sees Selina Ellis in the presence of Mr. Noah Skinner, Edmund knows he must do whatever he can to keep her out of the clutches of this shady man.  Selena has been secretly meeting with Noah, so she feels she must ask Edmund to help her keep this secret from her mother!

This tale gets rather lively as Selena continues meeting with Noah while Edmund does all he can to dissuade her from going forward with her marriage plans!  

Definitely a fun Christmas tale!




December 21, 2020

One Enchanted Noel




















One Enchanted Noel
, by Melissa Tagg, is another Christmas novella that takes place in Maple Valley.  Leigh Renwycke has moved to this small Iowa town to be near family.  After having a daughter out of wedlock, as a teenager, Leigh has been struggling with substance abuse for years.  Now that she is clean, her brothers worry that Leigh will not be able to tow the line!

Seb Pierce has come to town to work on a project for his wealthy grandfather.  When Leigh sees him smashing in a window of the old theater on main street, she assumes he is up to no good.  When she learns that he has a legit reason to be in town, Leigh still does not know what to make of him.  There is something familiar about him that keeps nagging at Leigh!

Seb first saw Leigh years ago, when he found her daughter left alone in a car outside a bar.  When Leigh finally returned to her car, Seb let Leigh have it for putting this young child at risk and has been wondering about her whereabouts for years.  Now that he has found her again and finally knows her name, Seb is not sure the next step to take!

You will see the redemption that both Leigh and Seb finally find be the final page of this tale!



December 14, 2020

Ivy Hill Christmas



















Ivy Hill Christmas brings Julie Klassen's Tales from Ivy Hill series to a close.  Richard Brockwell's mother has insisted that he come home for the holiday.  Richard has been living in London since he graduated from school.  Bad family relationships has made it easier to stay far from home.  So everyone is shocked when Richard appears at the front door just in time to celebrate the Christmas holiday!

As this tale moves along, you will be re-introduced to several characters from previous tales in this series.   You will also see Richard grow in his relationships with friends and family, but most importantly his relationship with God!

It is interesting to see how Richard's place in his world will change by the end of this tale!

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



December 7, 2020

A Match Made at Christmas


 










A Match Made at Christmas, by Courtney Walsh, is a tale full of holiday flair.  Hayes McGuire has returned to watch his best friend, Prudence Sutton, be honored her her work decorating the 20-ft. tree that will be showcased in the Festival of Trees.  Prudence is not quite sure how to take Haye's sudden reappearance!

When Haye's Aunt Nellie asks him to fill in for her as the island matchmaker, he is not sure what direction to take.  When he asks Prudence to help him fulfill this task, neither one realizes how their friendship is about to change.  Prudence will finally learn what truly brought Hayes back to Nantucket!