August 12, 2017

I'll Be There










I'll Be There is a recent addition to Susan May Warren's Montana Fire series.  You will cross paths with Liza and Conner from the earlier tale, Playing with Fire, as they are preparing for their wedding.  This event is planned to take place in three days, but, of course, Conner is late for the party!

After Liza learns that Conner was involved in a serious car accident and more importantly, that he is again in pursuit of his brother's killer, she knows that life is about to get very crazy!

Watch and see this tale unfold in Deep Haven, with Liza and Conner surrounded by the Christiansen clan.  Hang on, as you will discover an ending full of surprises!

August 7, 2017

The Two of Us







The Two of Us is the latest book by Victoria Bylin.  On the opening pages, you will meet Mia Robinson as she waits in a coffee shop across the street from her hotel.  Her younger  sister, Lucy, is planning to get married in a Vegas wedding chapel.  After Mia watches a handsome man successfully capturing stuffed animals in a claw machine, she learns that this man actually has a close relationship with Sam Waters, the young man who will soon be Lucy's husband!

Jake Tanner has been keeping an eye Sam, ever since his mother, Connie, was killed in a police shooting.  Now it seems their wedding will be delayed due to complications with Lucy's pregnancy.  Mia's dream of joining a medical non-profit group may be delayed as well.  Once the wedding finally takes place, Mia's life plan seems to be back on-track, until new feelings for Jake start barging in.  Jake's own plans to build a youth center for children of fallen police officers seem to be in jeopardy as well!

Once Mia and Jake put aside their own dreams, you will be interested to see where God will take their lives!

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

August 2, 2017

To Wager Her Heart







To Wager Her Heart is the latest from Tamera Alexander.  You will meet Alexandra Jamison, on the opening pages of this book, as she is introduced to Silas Rutledge, her father's new colleague. Alexandria does not quite know what to make of this man from Colorado.  Silas does not quite fit into the Southern ways of Nashville.  Then before you know it, her father begins pushing Alexandria toward marrying a man three times her age!

Once Alexandra refuses her father's plan, she knows she must find a different direction for her life.  After her fiance, David had died in a train accident, Alexandra still carries his desire to help educate any freedman wanting to learn.  She soon learns of Fisk University, a school right in Nashville, dedicated to training freedmen.  Following a fall-out with her parents, Alexandra leaves home with nothing but the clothes on her back, to enter a new world teaching the students at Fisk University.  Around the same time, Silas Rutledge is trying to navigate his way, through the business world of Nashville, to acquire the opportunity to become part of bringing a new rail line to the area.  Silas soon find that Alexandra is just the person to help him find his way!

This is an interesting tale to follow as you watch Silas and Alexandra learn to navigate in a world new to them both!


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


July 29, 2017

The Promise of Breeze Hill







Pam Hillman's latest book is entitled The Promise of Breeze Hill.  On the opening pages, you are introduced to Connor O'Shea as he is putting himself on the auction block.  In an attempt to gain passage from Ireland for his three younger brothers, he plans to indenture himself as a carpenter.  Conner cannot believe it when the person, who puts down money for him, turns out to be Isabella Bartholomew, a beautiful young woman!

After Connor manages to help Isabella safely return to her home, he learns that after her father was badly burned in the fire, that has left the property damaged as well, the management of the plantation has fallen on Isabella's shoulders.  Once Conner starts working on restoring their home, he soon realizes that the situation at Breeze Hill is more complicated than anyone realized!

Men from the neighborhood have their eye on Isabella as a potential wife.  You wonder if it is for her benefit or for their own selfish reasons.  Hold on as you watch Isabella and Connor attempt to discover who they can trust and who is out to enrich their own pocket!

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

July 25, 2017

Playing with Fire








Playing With Fire, the second book in Susan May Warren's Montana Fire series, opens with Liza Beaumont on a remote trail in western Montana trying to locate Esther Rogers.  Liza, a camp counselor, had talked to Esther about meeting at the overlook to capture some of the beauty of the morning.  There is no sign of Esther; instead, Liza crosses paths with a ferocious grizzly bear!

The author immediately takes you back to three years previous, when Liza,living in Deep Haven, Minneapolis, meets Conner Young, a smoke jumper, who is in the area to help fight an out of control fire.  As Conner helps fight the fire, you will see a friendship begin to grow between Conner and Liza.  When the fire is finally extinguished and Conner moves on to the next fire, you wonder what will happen to this new, growing friendship!

As the author takes you back to the scene with the grizzly bear, you will see another step in the relationship between Liza and Conner.  Liza definitely senses a deepening in her friendship with Conner.  Hang on while you walk with Liza and Conner, as they continue to hunt for Esther in the great and dangerous outdoors.  As Liza begins to pin-point Esther's location, you will soon learn that the fierce grizzly bear is not far away!


July 21, 2017

A Name Unknown







The latest from Roseanna M. White, entitled A Name Unknown, is set again in England.  The year is 1919, just before the start of World War I.  Rosemary Gresham grew up on the streets of London, learning how to pick pockets as a means to survive. Now in her twenties, she has moved on to larger fish.  Rosemary's latest prize, 1000 pounds, is hers, if she is able to determine whether Peter Holstein is a true Englishman or actually a spy from Germany!

Rosemary is able to gain entry into Peter's home by presenting herself as Rosemary Gresham, Librarian.  Peter is in need of someone to organize his "out of control" library and Rosemary fits the bill!  As you watch Rosemary begin to organize the library, you will see that she is also looking for evidence concerning Peter's loyalty.  Soon you will realize that something is growing between Peter and Rosemary.  You wonder if it will be merely friendship or something more!

Follow this tale to the final page, as you wait to see if Peter will learn that Rosemary is actually a thief, and if Rosemary will learn that Peter is a well-known author!


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

July 9, 2017

Beneath Copper Falls





Beneath Copper Falls is Colleen Coble's latest addition to her Rock Harbor Series.  You know from the first page that this tale will be filled with suspense.  You find Renee Carter hiding in her garden from the man she is to marry the next day.  Before you know it, she is grabbed by her groom-to-be. Suddenly he is holding her head under water.  Renee's final thoughts are of her brother, Boone!

As you move forward two years, you find Boone Carter back in his hometown of Rock Harbor in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  He is currently managing a group of cabins that he built himself, providing visitors with a place to stay while they take advantage of the great outdoors.  You are soon introduced to Dana Newell, who looking for a safe place to live, plans to move back home to Rock Harbor and live with her brother Chris.  Dana is running away from an abusive relationship with her fiance, Garret Waterman.  She meets Boone as soon as she arrives at her brother's house.  Her brother is currently out of town on a business trip, but he has asked his friend Boone to stop by and make her feel welcome.  Dana is uneasy when he stops by with groceries for her and the atmosphere becomes even more awkward when she is caught staring at the burns on his face!

Dana soon learns that Boone was burned during his time working as a smoke-jumper in Arizona.  As Dana begins to get to know Boone better and their friendship begins to grow, she learns more of the details about his sister Renee's death. The details are way too similar to the way Garret had treated her.  When she suddenly sees Garret driving through town, she knows her worst fear has come true.  He has found her sanctuary!

Hang on as this tale will lead you to an ending you would never imagine!


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


July 5, 2017

With You Always








Jody Hedlund's latest novel, With You Always, is part of her Orphan Train series.  Elise Neumann and her sisters have been relocated to the safety of the Seventh Street Mission by Miss Pendleton.  The only problem for Elise is that the women in the sewing workroom are acting out in jealousy about the preferential treatment that the Neumann family seems to be receiving from their benefactor, Miss Pendleton!

To avoid further fighting in the workroom, the supervisor, Mrs. Watson, sends Elise out on an errand to buy additional thread for her co-workers.  As Elise is walking down the streets of New York, her quiet world soon erupts into chaos as gangs bring looting and violence onto the streets.  A stranger to Elise, Thornton Quincy, soon assists her as she is swept into the craziness all around her.  Thornton had not been expecting such a scene when he came to New York to simply hire workers for his project; however, now he seems to be in the thick of it!

When life in New York City finally begins to calm down, a new problem arises.  Jobs for anyone working in the sewing industry seem to have dried up.  Elise discovers that to find work she must look to the West.  She soon finds herself on a train heading to a small town in Illinois.  You do not know what to expect next when Elise runs into Thornton Quincy on the train.  You will soon see how God is at work in both of their lives!


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



June 27, 2017

Just Look Up







Just Look Up is the latest book by Courtney Walsh.  This tale begins with Lane Kelley preparing to give the biggest presentation of her career at the interior design firm she works for in Chicago.  As Lane is trying to settle her nerves to begin her talk, she is interrupted by a phone call that she cannot ignore.  Her brother, Nate, has been in a motorcycle accident and is in a coma.  Her presence is needed at the hospital.  Lane has no choice but to immediately leave!

As Lane drives into Harbor Pointe, Michigan, all her memories of her hometown come flooding back.  She had not been home in years to avoid thinking about all she left behind: the unkind words about being overweight; her sister stealing her boyfriend; her family taking sides in the situation and it was not hers!  Her years away was sending her back a new woman.  Lane is returning, from her years at Northwestern, a slim and fit woman, with a career that is about to skyrocket!

Lane does not quite know how to balance between remaining by Nate's bedside and returning to Chicago, to give an important presentation that may bring her a big promotion.  Ryan Brooks, a man from her past, who her family had befriended as a young boy, is suddenly by her side.  He had returned to Harbor Pointe, after several rough years away serving in Afghanistan.  It appears that Ryan may be the one to help her wade through the tension she is facing, between family and work!

This is a interesting tale to follow.  See how God is at work in the messiness we make of life!


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


June 17, 2017

Rescue Me





Rescue Me, is the second installment in Susan May Warren's Montana Rescue series.  This book focuses primarily on Deputy Sam Brooks.  He is on his way to dinner one evening when he receives news of a frantic call, from a young man in the Glacier National Park. When Ben enters the park with several other members of the PEAK rescue team, they soon find the distressed young man, Quinn, and learn that he had lost track of his girlfriend, Bella.  She went missing shortly after they had an unexpected encounter with a mama grizzly bear!

Once Ben and the crew are finally able to locate Bella, they all end up in the local hospital ER to have Bella treated; Ben ventures off by himself to deal with the stress of the evening.  A close-up encounter with a wild grizzly has Ben focusing on his near death experience.  Before he knows it, he begins sharing his thoughts with someone he assumes is his girlfriend, Sierra Rose.  In the midst of a kiss, he suddenly realizes it is not Sierra, but her sister, Willow, instead!

Things are a bit awkward after this odd encounter.  So when Sierra drops out of a trip that had been planned for her, Willow and Ben to escort a local youth group into the park for a day trip, Ben is a bit uncomfortable.  After completing the first section of their trip, as Ben is driving, he suddenly loses control of the van carrying the teenagers. The group is soon left in a very precarious position; hanging over the edge of a cliff!

This is a high-paced tale as you see where God leads Sam and Willow and the lives that they touch along the way. The road He has set before them will be different than you could ever imagine!

June 13, 2017

Freedom's Price






Freedom's Price concludes Christine Johnson's Keys of Promise series.  The tale begins in Staffordshire, England in the year 1856. Catherine Haynes does not know which way to turn.  Her father has passed away and her family home, Deerfield, has been inherited by her cousin, Roger.  Roger's focus is to first sell Deerfield and then to push Catherine into marrying a man she has no interest in.  When Catherine remembers her mother's family in America, she immediately books her passage to journey to meet her lost family!

After a rough voyage had Catherine fearing that the ship was about to sink, she catches the eye of a handsome man, Tom Worthington, who has come to greet and then to help pilot this ship that has lost its main mast.  When the ship is taken to Key West for repairs, Catherine must find a way to reach her family in New  Orleans.  Tom offers to travel with Catherine to greet her family and to remain until she feels safe!

Soon after arriving in New Orleans, Catherine catches sight of a man, she had heard conversing with her father years ago.  Soon she learns that this the same man Tom has been trying to hunt down for years.  This man had stolen from Tom's family and sent his father to an early grave!

Hold tight as Tom and Catherine deal with this evil man from their past!


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



June 4, 2017

Sweetbriar Cottage







Denise Hunter's latest novel, Sweetbriar Cottage, opens with its main character, Noah Mitchell. leaving his ranch in the north Georgia mountains to go into town to pick up some groceries; however, when he picks up his mail, he soon sees a letter from the IRS informing him that he is still married to Josephine.   Now he has to track her down to find out what went wrong.  After she was unfaithful to him, Noah had hoped to never lay eyes on again!

When Noah learns that the divorce papers were never signed by a judge, he lays the blame fully at Josephine's feet!  Josephine attempts to make up for her faux-pas by hand-delivering a new set of papers to be signed on Noah's doorstep.  Little does she know that the worst snow storm to hit north Georgia is about to strike!

After Noah and Josephine have been stuck together in his cabin for too long with no power, they venture out into the snow in pursuit of one of Noah's horses that has escaped from his barn.  Hold on to see what happens when they run out of fuel and have no way to call for help!

You will see both Noah and Josephine finally deal with the hurts from their past.   The only way they can find release is with the mighty hand of God!


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



June 1, 2017

A Fine Gentleman














Sarah M. Eden's latest novel, A Fine Gentleman, was not as easy a read as her previous novels; however, the pace of this book picked up considerably after the first one-hundred pages!

It was satisfying to add the story of Jason Jonquil to all that I have learned about the Jonquil family so far.  Jason focuses all his time and energy on his job as a barrister in London.  When he meets Mariposa Thornton, a beautiful Spanish woman who has escaped Napoleon's war in Spain, he has meet his match.  Mariposa has come to London with the story that she is seeking her inheritance; however, the truth is that she is desperately trying to locate her mother and younger brother, Santiago.  Her family had promised to reunite with their Thornton relatives in England, if they lost each other in the craziness of the war!

When Mariposa does not find her mother or her brother with their English relatives, she is at a loss of where to turn next.  Mariposa has already lost her older brother and her father to the war, so she cannot imagine being left with no one.  Watch and see what Jason is able to accomplish when he sets his mind to bringing this grieving family back together!

May 30, 2017

A Stranger at Fellsworth






A Stranger at Fellsworth is the final tale in Sarah E. Ladd's Treasures of Surrey series.  You meet Annabelle Thorley, as she and her mother are visiting her Uncle Edmund at the school he manages in Surrey, England.  As nine-year-old Annabelle is looking for something to help her pass the time, she overhears her uncle warning her mother about the uneasy feelings he has about her husband.  Annabelle's uncle promises that he will be there if the need ever arises.  Unfortunately, this need arises twelve years later!

Both of Annabelle's parents have died and her brother, Thomas, is in charge of her home and her livelihood.  When Thomas falls into debt due to his gambling, he not only begins selling off all their belongings, but he wants to marry Annabelle off to the highest bidder.  That bidder happens to be Mr. Bartrell, a man Annabelle cannot imagine ever marrying!  When Annabelle and her brother attend a local ball, Thomas and his friends get drunk and out of hand.  Annabelle cannot believe it when her brother actually strikes her across the face.  She knows that it is time to leave!

When Annabelle meets Owen Locke on the streets of London, she learns that he lives in the same area of Surrey as her uncle.  Annabelle realizes that she has found an easy way to get relocate herself from busy London to the quiet countryside!

As Annabelle gets reacquainted with her aunt and uncle, she also gets to know more about Owen and likes what she is learning.  Things seems quiet, until suddenly Annabelle's brother and Mr. Bartrell arrive in the neighborhood.  You know trouble is not far behind!

Hold on as this tale gets fast pasted, full of a lot of information to finally put the details of this story together!


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


May 22, 2017

True to You







Becky Wade has completed the first book, True to You, of her Bradford Sisters Romance series.  The tale opens with Nora Bradford attending an emergency situation training session with her sister, Britt.  The session seems to be ending when a tall, muscular man, dressed in black, picks Nora up and carries her, over his shoulder, out of the room.   Nora is surprised when she learns that this man is actually a former Navy Seal, who left his Seal team with honors!

John Lawson did indeed leave the military with honors; however, he has a dire need to contact his birth parents to learn about his family's health history.   John has been experiencing symptoms that indicate that he may be losing his eyesight!   When John learns that Nora is a professional researcher, he knows that he has found the person who can help him find his birth mother!

This tell gets very interesting as John and Nora dive into the process of locating his mother's whereabouts.   You will be surprised to learn the details that are revealed.  By the end of this tale, you will see God at work in both of John and Nora's lives!


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

May 9, 2017

Peace in the Valley








In Ruth Logan Herne's final entry, Peace in the Valley, to her Double S Ranch series, you will watch Trey Walker Stafford, returning to his hometown in central Washington, with the plan to donate some of his liver to his dying father, Sam Stafford.  When Trey runs the van of single mother, Lucy Carlton, off the road, totaling her van and destroying the products she was taking to sell at a local fair, his plans suddenly change!

In the past, Sam Stafford has wronged Lucy; so he sees this as a great opportunity to encourage his youngest son, Trey, to not only replace Lucy's van, but to lend a hand to make improvements on her farm.  Trey had left the ranch years ago to  pursue a musical career.  After Trey has become a successful country star in Nashville, he is ready to slow down and enjoy time with his family.  As Trey spends more and more time with Lucy and her family, you will slowly see flames beginning to grow between Lucy and Trey.  When Trey learns that Lucy has had trouble with a past drug addiction, his feelings suddenly grind to a stop.  He lost his first wife to a drug overdose and promised himself to never go down that road again!

You have two questions as you near the final pages of this book:  will Sam and Trey survive the liver transplant and will Lucy and Trey find a new life together?  You know that God will need to be present for both situations to come about!


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



May 1, 2017

The Noble Servant









The Noble Servant is the latest tale by Melanie Dickerson in her Medieval Fairy Tale series.  Lady Magdalen of Mallen has received a marriage proposal from Steffan, the Duke of Wolfberg. After Magdalen and Steffan had met two years prior at Thoornbeck Castle, Magdalen had been hoping to see Steffan again.  She just had not expected a marriage proposal!

After Magdalen arrives at Wolfberg castle, she  discovers that her servant, Agnes, and her father, Erlich, plan to force her to switch places with Agnes, under the threat of death.  Now Magdalen must take on the position of a servant!

While Steffan is on his way home, after his years studying at a university overseas, he is suddenly attacked by two guards sent by his uncle Hazen.  Steffan is surprised to learn that his uncle is attempting to take control of his castle and his lands.  His uncle has removed everyone at the castle who could prove his rightful place!

You have to wonder how Magdalen and Steffan will be able to prove their rightful place in their world.  This is a fun, fast-paced tale as you watch these two attempt to avoid danger in this world where everyone seems out to get them!


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




April 28, 2017

An Awakened Heart: An Orhan Train Novella


Jody Hedlund's latest novella entitled An Awakened Heart:  An Orphan Train Novella, will introduce you to her latest series, An Orphan Train.  You will meet Christine Pendleton, a wealthy young woman living in New York City, during the 1850's.  Looking for a place to serve those less fortunate than herself, Christine has begun volunteering at the Centre Street Chapel.  She soon meets Guy Bedell, the on site pastor, who is looking for ways to serve as well.  Unfortunately, their approaches seem to be polar opposites. Guy's approach is to focus on the sins these people have committed, while Christine's approach is to cover these people with the love and acceptance of God, as Jesus Christ himself would offer!

As you see Guy and Christine begin to develop a plan to offer the poor women of the city a way to earn money for themselves, you will also see that feelings are developing between them!  When the benefactors of the Centre Street Chapel will not accept their plan, Christine knows that God will lead them to another way!

You wonder if Guy and Christine will find a new way to minister to the poor on the streets of New York City.  Do not be surprised when God leads them to a new plan, as well as a young family of three sisters with nowhere to go and no hope for the future!



April 13, 2017

You'll think of Me

You'll Think of Me
Robin Lee Hatcher's latest tale, You'll think of Me, tells the story of Brooklyn Myers.   She has felt abandoned her whole life, first by her mother, then her father and finally her husband.   Brooklyn has been trying to keep it together for herself and her daughter Alycia's the  sake, when she sent only learns that Chad,  her former husband,  has passed away.  He has left his family home and property to his wife and daughter.   Brooklyn finally sees some new hope for their lives!

Chad has left something else, his dying request that his best friend, Derek, be the father to Alycia that he never was himself.  Derek have been hoping to purchase some of Derek's land to start up his own organic fruit farm, but now it seems his plans must change as well!

Hang on to see how both Brooklyn and Derek's plans work out  in the end and how God makes a difference in both of their lives!


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

April 1, 2017

For Love and Honor








In Jody Hedlund's latest tale, For Love and Honor,  you will meet Sir Bennet as he called home to Maidstone to deal with some money problems.  His brother, Aldric, has borrrowed money from Lord Pitt, as well as some other neighbors; however,  he is unable to repay it.  As you see Bennet deal with Captain Foxe, an employee of the Lord, who has come for some repayment, you will suddenly see them both draw swords!

Sir Bennet has been trained as a knight, so he is ready for a fight. With the man finally is sent away, Bennet must think of a way to pay off this debt.  Across the countryside, Lady Sabine has been living with her grandmother, since her father died three years ago.   Her grandmother has been encouraging Sabine to consider marriage; however,  she fears this will never take place because of the blemish she carries on her skin.  Sir Bennet  considers locating a wealthy maiden to marry to help him pay off his family's debt; while at the same time, Lady Sabine fears she will never find a man who will marry her, simply for the woman she is!

When Lady Sabine shows up at Maidstone,  she assumes that she is there to purchase some artwork; however, her grandmother has made plans with Sir Bennet to work towards a possible marriage contract.  In the middle of Sabine and Bennet learning more about each other,  Maidstone is attacked by Lord Pitt and everyone on the property fear for their very lives!

Things get much more complicated when Lady Sabine  is accused of witchcraft because of the marks on her skin. Hang on until the last pages to see how Bennet and Sabine survive this out of control situation!


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


March 26, 2017

Long Time Gone










On the opening pages of Long Time Gone, by MaryConnealy, you will see Justin Boden in a rush to get his brother, Cole, back to the ranch, after he has been gut shot.   Cole needs to see a doctor as soon as possible.   The only thing that has Justin concerned is that he must leave his sister, Sadie, behind with just Seth Kincaid on the lookout for her!

Once the doctor arrives on the scene, he brings along Angie DuPree, from the orphanage, to assist him.  Angie had caught Justin's eye as she entered town; however, now Justin is distracted by Sadie announcing that she wants to marry Heath.  Justin is thrown off again when he learns that Angie is going to stay overnight to keep an eye on Cole with the doctor.   You soon have the sense that something may soon be developing between Angie and Justin!

Once Cole seems to be on the mend,  Justin must turn his focus to determining where the threat to his ranch is originating.   This is a fast-paced tale to follow until the final page!


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




March 25, 2017

Then Came You









Becky Wade's latest novella, Then Came You, will introduce you to Garner Bradford, the heir to his family's shipping empire.   When Garner first lays eyes on Sylvie,  he instantly falls in love with her.   Unfortunately, Garner walks away from his Godly belief-system and before you know it, Sylvie becomes pregnant.   Once baby Willow is four weeks old,  Sylvie decides to walk away and leave Garner holding the bag!

Soon a new character enters the scene.  Kathleen has  just graduated from college and is looking to land a job.   She finally locates an opportunity at Bradford shipping and is looking forward to a new challenge in her life.   As Kathleen is trying to settle into her new job,  Garner is trying to figure out life as a single father.   He soon meets a young woman named Kate and they get married.  They soon have a baby girl, named Nora,  who adds to Garner's family.  You will be  surprised to learn that two years later, Kate violently is killed!

At this point, I put down this novella.   I did not care for the negative direction it seemed to be moving. I was highly disappointed because I have loved all the previous books by Becky Wade!




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.


February 7, 2017

Reclaiming Nick





On the opening pages of Reclaiming Nick, by Susan May Warren, you meet Nick Noble, who after a family feud, left his family behind 10 years ago.  Now, after he learns that his father has passed away, Nick knows he must return home to deal with the mistakes from his past.  The largest problem Nick must face is that his father has left a large chunk of the family ranch to his former best friend, Cole St. John.  When Nick returns to his hometown of Phillips, Montana and the Silver Buckle Ranch, he also learns that Cole St. John has married his former love, Maggy!

Like so many of Susan May Warren's novels, you will not be able to put this tale down until you learn the conclusion to this tale, that is filled with a lot of unknowns, as always, great suspense.  Not only must Nick unravel the problems from his past, he also has a reporter, Piper Sullivan, following him to learn the truth about Nick's part in her brother's false imprisonment; in the background, there is a dark and unknown figure, intent on killing Nick!

This fast-paced tale is not only full of action, but you will also see both Nick and Piper come to a renewed understanding of the place of God in their lives!


February 3, 2017

Shining Like the Dawn






Shine Like the Dawn, the latest from Carrie Turnsky, starts off with a serious situation.  Daniel Lounsbury heads off across the lake with his family, to celebrate his oldest daughter's birthday with a picnic; when suddenly, he discovers that the boat is taking on water.  He sends his next daughter, Maggie, who knows how to swim, back to safety with his youngest daughter, Violet. Unfortunately, when Maggie finally reaches the shore, she looks back across the lake and sees nothing but smooth water!

Four years later, you find Maggie and Violet living with their grandmother in her millinery shop.  As Maggie is struggling to raise her active younger sister, without the guidance of her parents, suddenly a fire in the village destroys her grandmother's shop. When her childhood friend, Nate Harcourt, comes upon the scene, Maggie and her family are suddenly transported back to Morningside Manor, the site of her family's demise.  Being in these beautiful surroundings, brings up, not only memories of her lost family, but also questions about what caused the terrible accident that took their lives!

Hold on as Nate attempts to help Maggie discover the answer to her questions.  It is great to see Maggie's faith in God restored as she trusts in Him to help them find an answer.  You will be surprised to discover who is ultimately behind this terrible accident!

This is an interesting tale.  I cannot wait for the next one!


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


January 29, 2017

No Way Up












Mary Conneally's latest book, No Way Up, starts with a bang.  As Chance Boden, the patriarch of the Cimarron ranch, heads out with some of his cowboys to gather up part of his herd that has run off, they are suddenly caught in the middle of an avalanche!

Once the final rock has fallen, Chance seems to have suffered the worst of the injures.  His leg has been broken to the point that part of the bone is protruding through the skin!  One of the cowboys, Heath Kincaid, uses his knowledge of first aid, to clean the injury to the point that Chance can be transferred to Denver to have surgery performed.  Before he leaves, Chance has a message for his three children.  He has changed his will and and it states that Cole, Justin and Sadie must remain on the ranch for an entire year or the property will be given to a distant relative upon Chance's death.  This is a hard charge for three siblings who do not get along and have work they would rather perform elsewhere!

Once it appears the their father's life has been saved and they learn that the avalanche had been intentionally started, these siblings slowly learn to get along as they attempt to discover who may be behind the attempt on their father's life.  Hold on until the final pages to learn who was behind the avalanche.  You will also get a glimpse at the growing relationship between Heath and Sadie!


January 16, 2017

An Uncommon Courtship









In Kristi Hunter's latest book, An Uncommon Courtship, you will meet Lady Adelaide Bell and Lord Trent Hawthorne on their wedding day.  They had never previously met; however, after they are found in a compromising situation, they are compelled to solve the problem by simply getting married.  After their wedding, when Trent quickly takes Adelaide off to his home in London, you have no idea what will happen next!

After a wedding night that does not come about as you would expect, you are left with two adults who do not know how to take the next step with each other.  After a week of Trent basically ignoring his new wife, he decides the answer is simple, he must simply begin again, by courting his wife.  Adelaide is not sure what to expect next!

You will be interested to see how both Adelaide and Trent learn to truly love each other, the way God intended it to happen!

This way a fun tale to read about the Hawthorne family.  I can only hope that this series will end telling the story of the oldest Hawthorne, Griffin, the Duke of Hawthorne.  We will have to wait and see!


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


January 9, 2017

Because You're Mine





The latest book from Collen Coble, entitled Because You're Mine, will keep you on the edge of your seat.  You will meet Alanna and her husband, Liam, as the celtic band they are both members of is closing up their latest performance.  After the concert ends, Liam heads out with his best friend, Jesse, to check out his new car.  Alanna is left behind to worry about whether her voice will hold up during future concerts.  Suddenly, the unthinkable happens.  The car transporting these two men becomes a ball of fire, after a bomb explodes!

When Alanna learns that Liam has died in the explosion, she immediately accompanies his body back to Ireland for burial.  Not only does she not know which way to turn now that Liam is gone, she encounters new trouble from Liam's parents.  When Alanna shares with them that she is four months pregnant, her father-in-law threatens to take custody of her baby.  Alanna knows she must seek a place of safety and before you know it, she is marrying her band manager, Barry, to ensure custody of her child.  The only thing she does not realize is that the world that Barry will draw her into is scarier than Alanna could ever have imagined!

After Jesse recovers, the band adds him to the group to replace Liam for the remainder of their tour.  As you watch Alanna try to figure out what Barry's intentions are for her, you will also see Alanna try to adjust to Jesse, who for some reason is behaving a lot like Liam.  He seems to know details about her life that she only had shared with Liam.  Hang on until the last page to find out where Alanna ends up and who will be by her side!


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

January 5, 2017

At Your Request







At Your Request is a prelude to Jen Turano's latest series, Apart from the Crowd.  When you meet Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff you learn that she has been moved to a lower class in society after her father lost his fortune.  As she attempts to find her way in this new place in society, Wilhelmina is suddenly confronted with a face from her past at a society gathering.  She comes face to face with Edgar Wanamaker, the man she turned down years ago!

Edgar has successfully made his way in the world and has returned to New York to discover if all is truly over between himself and Wilhelmina.  Edgar is ready to make a commitment and needs to attain this information!

Watch and see what transpires as Edgar and Wilhelmina test these waters again to discover if this is the place that God has prepared for them!


January 2, 2017

Hook, Line and Sinker









Hook, Line and Sinker is a novella that is part of Susan May Warren's Deep Haven Series.  When you are introduced to Ross Springer and Abigail Cushman on the opening pages of this tale, you immediately sense that there is some bad history between them. You will soon learn that they lost their friendship the day that his older brother, Scotty, died!

When suddenly Abigail and Ross are competing against each other in a fishing contest, they still seem to be at odds with each other.  You have no idea what will happen to their struggling relationship by the end of this endeavour!

Hold on and to see where Abigail and Ross land by the final pages of this short novella!