Sunday, July 5, 2020

DON'T KEEP SILENT by Elizabeth Goddard, Reviewed by Nicole Cook

“Too many ways to die in this scenario flashed through her mind all at once.”

With action, adventure, and intense danger at every turn, author Elizabeth Goddard takes readers back to the majestic valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the beautiful snow-covered Rocky Mountains, where secrets from the past never stay hidden for long. Even though Don’t Keep Silent is the third book in Elizabeth Goddard’s Uncommon Justice series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel.

When investigative reporter Rae Burke’s sister-in-law goes missing, she turns to former DEA agent Liam McKade to help her. Unresolved feelings from the past are the least of their problems, as attempts on their lives take a shocking turn.

Don’t Keep Silent is the perfect conclusion to the Uncommon Justice series, and fans of the McKade brothers will love the cameo appearances of Austin and Heath throughout the novel. Elizabeth Goddard’s breathtakingly beautiful descriptions of the scenery make me want to visit Wyoming and stay at the fictional Emerald M Guest Ranch. Readers will not be able to put this book down! The action and adventure keep readers captivated in the storyline as they try to piece together the clues of the puzzle along with Rae and Liam.

Don’t Keep Silent is highly recommended for readers of romantic suspense, especially those who enjoy books by authors such as Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason, and Susan May Warren.

“Flirting with her was playing with fire.”

With the Inkwell Inspirations faith rating system, Don’t Keep Silent is classified as a 2 (having a light faith message), which is perfect for readers who enjoy romantic suspense with light spiritual content integrated into the storyline.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
See Trixi's Review!

BackCover Blurb:
Justice comes easy for these two. But forgiveness? That's another matter altogether.

Investigative reporter Rae Burke will do anything to find her missing sister-in-law, even if it means facing Liam McKade, a man who almost lost his life saving hers. A former DEA agent, Liam thought he could find peace at his Wyoming ranch, but he doesn't feel at home anywhere anymore. When the reporter who blew his cover on an important investigation inserts herself back into his life, he's less than thrilled. But Rae's keen investigative skills have led her down the right path--and directly into the dragon's mouth--leaving Liam no choice but to protect her.

As the danger increases, the past they both tried to flee catches up to them, along with the feelings they once had for each other . . . 


Revell Publishing, June 2020
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover and audiobook:
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Elizabeth Goddard has sold over one million books and is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than forty romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery The Camera Never Lies—a 2011 Carol Award winner. She is a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense finalist for her Mountain Cove series—Buried, Backfire, and Deception—and a Carol Award finalist for Submerged. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to find inspiration for her next book, and serving with her husband in ministry.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

MISS TAVISTOCK'S MISTAKE by Linore Rose Burkard, Reviewed by Paula and Trixi


PAULA'S REVIEW:
Yorkshire and London 1811
Distant cousins who were betrothed in their youth are now of an age to marry.

Gabriel Rempeare has been a Captain in the war against Napoleon. He has lost his ship in a battle so must return to England. Feodora Margaret Tavistock has led a lonely life in Yorkshire thanks to her reclusive, rich uncle, the Duke.

They meet after many years and Margaret, having misjudged Gabriel, seeks to hide her identity from him. This sets in motion much misunderstanding with sometimes dire, sometimes hilarious results.

This book is campy fun with all the jargon of the Regency Era. It reminds me of an Oscar Wilde play.

It is full of dukes, earls, wastral brothers, a companion to Margaret, parties and trips to sights around London. Just what you hope for in a story set in 1811 London. Although it has the flavor of the opulent times, it is told from a Christian World View. The heroine has a warm heart under her deception and the hero is quite honorable.
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*4 Stars. Slight faith thread.... a clean read.

TRIXI'S REVIEW: 

Miss Tavistock: “You are determined to dislike him.”

Miss Filbert : “You are determined to protect him.”

Miss Tavistock paused and gave an impish smile. “I am determined only to marry him,” she said, with a happy sigh. “It was my parents’ wish; it was his mother’s wish, and I have no other prospect, as you well know.”

I've said it at least a thousand times, I adore Regency fiction! I also recently discovered Linore's writing when I read “Forever, Lately”, so when I had opportunity to review this one, I didn't hesitate and she did not disappoint!

This is a story that made me chuckle in one instant to wanting to strangle Miss Margaret Tavistock in the next. Oh but her antics infuriated me, to keep up a ruse for so long would never be conducive to an honorable or trustworthy marriage! She's far too head-strong, stubborn and independent for her own good. But I think that was the beauty of this whole book and what kept me turning pages long into the night. I had to find out what will happen next. The Captain was so patient, honor bound, and has a strong sense of duty. I just don't know how he didn't lose his patience or temper with Miss Tavistock! The comedic angst of this developing romance is what kept me wanting more and what the conclusion of this story would be.

The research Burkard did shows in all the details of the Regency period; through the mannerisms of the times, speech patterns of the characters and many of the places one would see in that era. It felt as if I had stepped back in time and could envision myself inside the story. I love when an author can paint those vivid pictures in my head! I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the “Brides of Mayfair” series.

A truly wonderful Regency tale that I think will delight anyone who reads this genre! It's squeaky clean and free of vulgar language or adult situations.
*This book was provided courtesy of the author, through Interviews and Reviews.*


BackCover Blurb:
Young Miss Margaret Tavistock is promised in marriage by the wish of her dearly departed papa to Captain Rempeare. But the captain's been at sea for a decade. When she finally meets him, tempestuous sparks fly, and she impulsively adopts a daring false identity. Going by "Lady X," she vows never to marry such an infuriating man.

Captain Gabriel Rempeare is prepared to fulfill his duty and marry Miss Tavistock--if only he can clap eyes on her! Circumstances keep them apart, though he cannot seem to avoid the maddeningly lovely Lady X.

When the two are thrown together in Mayfair, Miss Tavistock discovers the real nature of the captain, and regrets her subterfuge. But can such a noble man forgive deceit? Or has her mistake already cost her everything? 






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Friday, July 3, 2020

WHAT MOMMA LEFT BEHIND by Cindy Sproles, Reviewed by Rebecca

"Mountain women shovel their feelins over the shoulder and go on. It's what they do. It was what I would do. I kept tellin myself this . . . . . "

Worie Dressar's young shoulders are bearing a heavy load. So many on the mountain have died from the fever, and now her mother . . . . is dead the result of a different sort of tragedy. She leaves Worie with a legacy that the seventeen year old never knew existed . . . feeding the children.

But life is never simple, deep in the mountains of Tennessee. Worie's two brothers are fighting their own demons, and one has a cruel spirit that cannot be contained. In the end, Worie learns a lot about herself, the true meaning of family and what it means to truly forgive. All because of what "her momma left behind".

"Wrongs don't make a right. . . . . . . What-ifs can't never be answered, and once you start askin about them they're like rabbits. They just keep multiplin. . . . . . . . Best you can do is stop blamin and start livin."

In spite of the fact that Worie is a complicated character who takes a little longer to understand or even admire, (and it's certain that you will) there's a plethora of good ol' mountain wisdom in this very touching story. 

*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars

See Paula's Review

BackCover Blurb:
Worie Dressar is 17 years old when influenza and dysentery ravage her Appalachian Mountain community in 1898, leaving behind a growing number of orphaned children with no way to care for themselves. Worie's mother has been secretly feeding a number of these little ones on Sourwood Mountain. But when she dies suddenly, Worie is left to figure out why and how she was caring for them.

Plagued with two good-for-nothing brothers--one greedy and the other a drunkard--Worie fights to save her home and the orphaned children now in her begrudging care. Along the way, she will discover the beauty of unconditional love and the power of forgiveness as she cares for all of Momma's children.

Storyteller and popular speaker Cindy K. Sproles pens a tender novel full of sacrifice, heartache, and courage in the face of overwhelming obstacles.


Revell Publishing
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover and audiobook:
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Thursday, July 2, 2020

MOLLY by Sarah Monzon, Reviewed by Nicole Cook

Molly is a fun introduction to Sarah Monzon’s new romantic comedy series, Sewing in SoCal. Readers who are familiar with Sarah Monzon’s Carrington Family time-slip novels will enjoy this series, even though it is a different genre of Christian fiction than her previous novels.

Molly is such an entertaining character, and Sarah Monzon creates many laugh out loud moments in the story as Molly is so honest that she refuses to tell a lie. I’m sure many of us know someone in our lives who is like that…with no filter, but genuinely trying to the right thing by being honest no matter what. The close friendship that Molly has with her sewing girlfriends is heartwarming, and I can’t wait for more of these friends’ adventures as the Sewing in SoCal series continues.

As I was reading this novel, the only difficulty I had was that the main characters, Ben and Molly, both had their stories told in first person. Although Ben and Molly’s first-person stories were in different chapters, I had several interruptions from my own young children as I was reading and I would forget who was telling that chapter of the story…Ben or Molly.

Even though the tone of this novel is light and fun, Sarah Monzon does touch on some topics that are extremely relevant to our current times, such the beauty of diversity and renouncing prejudice and racism. I look forward to reading Jocelyn’s story in book two of the series! Well done!

Molly is recommended for fans of inspirational romantic comedy.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
The faith content rating for this book is a 2 (light faith message).


BackCover Blurb:
If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I absolutely refuse to tell a lie no matter the consequences. So don’t ask me a direct question unless you’re prepared for a direct answer—that’s something my SoCal sewing girlfriends have learned the hard way.

But who would have thought my honesty policy would get me fired from my job at the preschool? Or that a desperate—and not to mention devastatingly handsome—single father of one of my (now-former) students would hire me that same day as a nanny for his daughter?

I’m an education professional. How hard can taking care of a four-year-old and her over-stressed, over-worked father be?


Available in digital ebook, paperback and audiobook:
Buy Molly at Amazon
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Carol award finalist and Selah award winner, Sarah Monzon is a stay-at-home mom who makes up imaginary friends to have adult conversations with (otherwise known as writing novels). As a navy chaplain's wife, she resides wherever the military happens to station her family and enjoys exploring the beauty of the world around her.


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