August 30, 2015

Falling Like Snowflakes

Falling Like Snowflakes is the first novel in Denise Hunter's latest series, Summer Harbor.  You are introduced to Eden Davis and her young son, Micah, on the first pages of this novel.  When her car breaks down on the outskirts of the tourist town, Summer Harbor, she has no idea where she can turn for help!

As Eden begins searching around town for a job to help her pay for her car repairs, she soon runs into Beau Callahan.  It is the beginning of the busy season at his Christmas tree farm and he is desperate to find someone to help care for his aunt, who has just broken her leg.  Eden seems like a perfect fit!

Watch and see what will bloom as Eden begins to blend in with the Callahan family.  After some time watching their interaction, you are not sure who is helping who solve the difficulties life has brought their way!

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

August 22, 2015

Love Without End (A King's Meadow Romance)

Love Without End, by Robin Lee Hatcher, begins the King's Meadow Romance series.  You meet Kimberly Welch when she approaches Chet Leonard at his ranch.  Kimberly has come to ask Chet to not only train a horse that had been given to her daughter, Tara, but also to teach Tara how to ride this wild horse!

Chet already has his hands full trying to keep his ranch running; however, after learning about Kimberly's struggle following her husband's recent death, he cannot say no to her!  Chet understands what it is like to experience the loss of a spouse.  Recently, his wife left him and their two teenage sons after the death of their oldest son!

This tale is fun to watch as you see both Kimberly and Chet learn to deal with all that has been given to them.  You will see how they both begin to trust God to bring them through these rough waters!

August 18, 2015

Love on a Deadline: An August Wedding Story

Love on a Deadline, written by Kathryn Springer, is the latest in the Year of Weddings novella series.  MacKenzie “Mac” Davis left her small hometown to see the world outside.  After her father experiences a heart attack, she quickly returns home to look after him.  She is able to take advantage of her journalism degree when she gets a job working at the weekly newspaper.  You will be as surprised as she is when her latest assignment brings her face-to-face with her high school crush!

Ethan Channing has come back to town to help his sister, Hollis, quietly work on planning her wedding to a famous celebrity.  This is just the type of story Mac's boss wants covered.  Mac, living next door to the Channing's "mansion" on the lake, is just the person with the ability to get an inside scoop on this story!

Mac cannot believe how much has changed will both Hollis, her high-school nemesis, and Ethan, her high school crush.  Watch and see how this tale turns out differently than Mac could have ever imagined!

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

August 16, 2015

The Sea Keeper's Daughter

The Sea Keeper's Daughter is the latest novel by Lisa Wingate.  You meet Whitney Monroe as she is heading out to North Carolina's Outer Banks in an attempt to save the Excelsior, an old hotel that is her inheritance.  This is the book for you, if you enjoying reading tales about the early history of the United States of America!

Whitney's story is set in current day; however, there are many jumps back to a story surrounding the days that her great aunt, Alice, experienced during The Great Depression.  You quickly learn that Whitney is going through her own personal struggles, while she is attempting to sort out the story and value of the Excelsior!

The beginning pages of this book were hard for me to easily read; however, during the last one hundred pages or so, I could hardly put this book down!  And boy, was it ever a great ending, full of surprises! 

Enjoy the read!

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

August 13, 2015

Love Takes the Cake: A September Wedding Story

Love Takes the Cake is the most recent novella by Betsy St. Amant.  You meet Charlotte, who owns the local bakery, The Dough Knot, on the opening pages.  She notices when a handsome regular enters her shop, as he seems to every Tuesday.  But this Tuesday is different.  This Tuesday his best friend enters behind him with his Bridezilla fiance!

These friends of Will's want Charlotte to provide the baked goods for their wedding; however, when the bride cannot decide which flavor she wants, they ask Will to assist with the decision needed for their big day!  As you watch Charlotte and Will manage making the needed decisions, you soon learn that they are both carrying major pain from their pasts!

This little novella is full of emotion as you see Charlotte and Will not only deal with these past hurts, but also come to terms with the reality of the feelings growing between them!

This tale is definitely worth the read!

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


August 10, 2015

After a Fashion

After a Fashion, by Jen Turano, is a high action tale that tells the story of Miss Harriot Peabody, a poor hat maker, making an agreement with Mr. Oliver Addleshaw, one of the wealthiest men in 1882 New York City!

Harriet's first meets Oliver when she is in the midst of a highly charged conflict with two wealthy women.  These women are acquaintances of Oliver's.  Harriet has been sent to fit one of these women with some newly purchased hats; however, the situation ends up with Harriet losing her job!  Oliver soon suggests that he hire Harriet to assist him in securing a highly sought-after financial deal with a duke.  When he next suggests that Harriet present herself as his fiance, she knows that she is in a situation that is way over her head!

Harriet gets herself in some very awkward situations while trying to fit into Oliver's world, like setting a high-end restaurant on fire!  When Harriet's aunt shows up on the scene wanting to try to blackmail some of the wealthy people that Oliver knows, you know that she will need someone to come to her rescue!

Hang on for this fun ride as you watch Harriet navigate in this world that is completely opposite to what she has known all her life!  Will Oliver protect Harriet from her aunt's vicious motives?

Hang on for a wonderful surprise at the end of this tale!

August 4, 2015

Counting on a Cowboy

The latest by Debra Clopton, Counting on a Cowboy, is a fun read.  You are introduced to Abby Knightly as she is driving down the road towards Wishing Springs, Texas.  As Abby is desperately trying to keep her eyes open and not fall asleep, she suddenly sees a huge cow and then a cowboy in the high beams of her car!

Abby crashes her car into a fence post, but she is thankful that all lives are safe.  When she meets the cowboy, Bo Monahan, she recognizes him from a TV special put on about him and his brother, Tru, by his soon-to-be sister-in-law, Maggie.  After Abby has a melt down at the sight of herself bleeding, Bo drives her to his ranch to get cleaned up.  They are both surprised to find a one-year-old child on his front porch!

As Abby begins to help Bo deal with the fact that he now has a son to raise, you quickly learn that Abby has issues of her own from the past.  And they are serious issues!  She cannot come to terms with the truth that she lost her husband and her pregnancy in a terrible car crash!

As Bo and Abby quickly are sensing feelings growing between them, will Bo be able to help Abby deal with her painful past and allow God to free her heart to love again!

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

August 1, 2015

Stealing Jake

The novel Stealing Jake, written by Pam Hillman, is being re-released.  This novel tells the tale of Livy O'Brien, who after leaving Chicago (where she was known as Light-Fingered Livy), is trying to leave her past behind her by relocating to a small, quiet town in Illinois! 

Livy is working hard to establish an orphanage in Chestnut, Illinois.  When she notices a boy trying to pick-pocket on the streets of town, her heart instantly goes out to this young child.  It brings back memories of her former life.  When serious robberies begin occurring in town, the homeless children seen around town are immediately accused of being responsible.  Livy knows she must prove that these children are not guilty of these acts!

As Livy is trying to locate where these children are hiding, she runs into the town deputy, Jake Russell. As Livy tries to convince Jake of the children's innocence, the situation becomes complicated when feelings begin to grow between them!

As Livy and Jake try to solve the question of who is committing these crimes, will Livy let down her guard to this man who only wants to love her?

I enjoyed reading this tale and would recommend it to anyone who likes seeing an example of how God can redeem lives and lead them to walk a path that honors and glorifies Him!

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