May 30, 2017
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
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
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 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.