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
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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
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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:
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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.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REVENGE by Rhonda Starnes, Reviewed by Nicole Cook #ReleaseDay

With danger at every turn, author Rhonda Starnes writes like a seasoned pro in her debut Love Inspired Suspense novel. Rocky Mountain Revenge takes readers to Blackberry Falls, Colorado, where everyone knows everyone in this small-town tale of vengeance, faith, and rediscovering true love.
In Rocky Mountain Revenge, as veterinarian Grace Porter returns to her hometown, her sister is brutally attacked and suddenly the attacker sets his sights on Grace as well. With the assistance of her ex-boyfriend, Police Chief Evan Bradshaw, Grace and Evan are determined to find the perpetrator before it is too late.

Rocky Mountain Revenge shares the power of faith and the strength that God provides for us. Although I had an inkling of who the culprit might be early on, Rhonda Starnes kept me guessing as she introduced various viable suspects throughout the novel, and I was surprised as the connection between the key players was revealed. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Rocky Mountain Revenge is recommended for fans of inspirational romantic suspense.
*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.
Faith content rating (2) – light faith message

BackCover Blurb:
To survive her deadly homecoming

she’ll need to trust a man from her past…

Temporarily home to help at her family’s vet clinic, Grace Porter has no intentions of staying—but someone’s determined she won’t live long enough to leave. With both Grace and her sister in the crosshairs, her ex-boyfriend, Police Chief Evan Bradshaw, must protect them. But can the single dad lawman uncover the truth about why a killer’s out for vengeance before time runs out?


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rhonda Starnes is a middle school language arts teacher who has dreamed of being a published author since she was in seventh grade. She lives in North Alabama with her husband, who she lovingly refers to as Mountain Man. They enjoy traveling and spending time with their children and grandchildren. Rhonda writes romantic suspense with rugged heroes and feisty heroines.


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Don't Keep Silent by Elizabeth Goddard, Reviewed by Trixi Oberembt

“His past followed him here, and he couldn't let it out of his sight. ~Liam”

“While she'd never been a big fan of silence—keeping quiet about wrongdoing was the worst kind of evil in her opinion. ~Rae”

I was looking forward to getting to know Liam McCade when he was first introduced in “Always Look Twice”. Trying to find his way after leaving the DEA, he runs into Reagan Burke, the investigative reporter who almost cost him his life. But how could he resist helping her find her missing sister-in-law when she asked? Maybe his heart hadn't healed after all.

What I always like about Goddard's writing is she keeps your nose to the pages with her fast-paced stories. This one picked up speed after about the halfway mark, but that certainly doesn't mean it was slow up to that point. She laid the foundation for a good story-line in the first half so that the reader could anticipate what was going to happen. Kind of like watching a scary movie where your adrenaline was pumping hard! 


I liked these characters, they had depth to them and I think Goddard did a great job of making them seem real. There's a good balance of suspense and romance; I loved watching it play out between Liam and Rae. They have a lot to overcome, killers to catch, death to defy, danger to avoid and a missing person to find. Oh and the scenery was breathtaking! I'm not a skier but I could see the beauty of “cowboy powder”, the fresh snow on top of a mountain, undisturbed with an undercurrent of danger that Goddard included. The bitter cold and snow just added to the already tense story; I could literally feel it in my bones!

This book is labeled as Christian fiction and I found it to contain a (1) very light faith thread. I guess maybe I'm different than some readers in the fact that I like it stronger in the stories I read. But this did contain enough of an element that you could tell both Liam and Rae did serve God and rely on Him when danger mounted. I just wished it would have played out a bit more!

 
“Who could understand why life unraveled beneath them? No one. She wouldn't ask the creator of the universe why, because there would be no way to comprehend His answer. All she could do was trust Him to make a way for her. To hold her in the palm of His hand. ~Rae”

All in all, if you are a romantic suspense fan who loves a tense book, one that you have a hard time putting down, I think you will enjoy “Don't Keep Silent”! Though this is the third and final book in the Uncommon Justice series, this is perfectly fine reading by itself. Of course, I always recommend reading the whole series, it's just too good to miss!
*I received a complimentary copy from Revell on the authors' behalf and was not obligated to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *

BackCover Blurb:

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 just 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.

Bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth Goddard plunges you into a fast-paced, high-stakes story of honor, forgiveness, and justice.


From Revell, June 2020
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Monday, June 29, 2020

THE CRUSHING DEPTHS by Dani Pettrey, Reviewed by Nicole Cook

“The breeze whipping off the ocean swirled sea air around them. He loved the smell of the sea. It was the same no matter where he went. One of God’s great constants.”

The Crushing Depths, the second installment in Dani Pettrey’s Coastal Guardians series, is an action-packed romantic suspense novel that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Dani Pettrey consistently writes fabulous faith-filled romantic suspense novels filled with wonderful characters, surprising plot twists, and a perfect amount of romance.


Readers will be reunited with their favorite Coast Guard Investigative Service team members in this novel, and with the addition of CGIS agent Mason Rogers, the team is now complete. Childhood friends Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers haven’t seen each other in 10 years until Mason joins the CGIS team. Chemistry and attraction from their youth carry over to present day as Mason and Rissi work together to solve a mysterious death on an oil rig. Personally, I love a lot of romance in my suspense and Dani Pettrey delivers perfectly. The scenes between Mason and Rissi are some of my favorites in the novel and their history together as children makes their relationship bonds even stronger.

There are many new minor characters introduced throughout the novel who play a role in the investigations, so readers will need to keep those characters straight as the number of suspects increases.

The Crushing Depths is highly recommended for readers of romantic suspense, especially those who enjoy books by authors such as Lynette Eason, Lynn H. Blackburn, and Irene Hannon. Readers will be eagerly anticipating the third book in the series to discover more about their favorite members of the Coast Guard Investigative Service team.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

“He’d dreamt of this moment more times than he could count and now that it was here, he didn’t want to rush a thing. After a decade, he was finally kissing the woman he loved.”

Using the Inkwell Inspirations ranking system, I categorize The Crushing Depths as a 2.5 (having a moderate faith message), which is perfect for readers who enjoy romantic suspense with a moderate amount of spiritual content integrated into the storyline.

Back Cover Blurb:
They know the power and peril of the ocean.
But as they get closer to the deadly truth . . .
An even greater danger lurks just beneath the surface.

When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker, Coast Guard Investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are flown to the scene thirty-eight miles from shore. Tensions aboard the rig are high, and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the "plague on the environment" from continuing its work. Meanwhile, rumors are circulating on board about an ancient curse lurking in the depths below.

Mounting evidence shows the death might not have been an accident. Was the man killed by one of the activists or, more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not only numerous suspects, but also their own haunted pasts and their attraction to each other.

Just as the case seems about to break open, worse news arrives: a tropical storm has turned their way. Now they're cut off from any rescue--right where the killer wants them.


Bethany House June 30, 2020

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Author Bio:
Praised by New York Times bestselling author Dee Henderson as "a name to look for in romantic suspense," Dani Pettrey has sold more than half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance. Her novels stand out for their "wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters" (Publishers Weekly), "gripping storyline[s]" (RT Book Reviews), and "sizzling undercurrent of romance" (USA Today).

Her Alaskan Courage series and Chesapeake Valor series have received praise from readers and critics alike and spent multiple months topping the CBA bestseller lists. Dani has also been honored with multiple awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award, two HOLT Medallions, two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing's Best Award.

Dani considers herself blessed to be able to write the kind of stories she loves--full of plot twists, peril, love, and a longing for hope and redemption. Her greatest joy as an author is sharing the stories God lays on her heart. She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland, where she lives with her husband. Their two daughters, a son-in-law, and two adorable grandsons also reside in Maryland. For more information about her novels, visit www.danipettrey.com.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

THE WHITE ROSE RESISTS by Amanda Barrett, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

Inspiring, heart-rending, and exquisitely written, The White Rose Resists is a story that will stick with me for a long time. Memorable characters and unforgettable detail, combined with impeccable historical research, made this slice of history come alive to me. The main characters, both real and added fictional ones, were vividly drawn and captivating. Amanda Barrett’s powerful story left me in awe of Hans, Sophie, and their friends and the courage and conviction they had to stand for truth and freedom.
“Some things, you can’t wait to do until you’re strong enough. Some things, you just have to do afraid.”

“. . .someday, all of us must stand before God and give account for our actions. Before Him, no one will be able to hide.”

I found myself wondering if I would have had the courage and conviction to do what these young men and women did in speaking out against the evil going on around them, especially when the cost of their actions was so dear and could affect not only themselves but also family and friends. I often feel that, since I’m only one person, my voice won’t count for much, but as Barrett says in her book, “Even the greatest darkness can be breached by the flame of a single candle.” Hopefully, we can each be a candle to others and stand up for what is right and good.

This book is easily one of the most riveting and compelling books I’ve read lately and is one for the keeper shelf. Do yourself a favor and read this one!
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author and publisher. All opinions are my own.

BackCover Blurb:

Inspired by the incredible true story of a group of ordinary men and women who dared to stand against evil

The ideal of a new Germany swept up Sophie Scholl in a maelstrom of patriotic fervor--that is, until she realized the truth behind Hitler's machinations for the fatherland. Now she and other students in Munich, the cradle of the Nazi government, have banded together to form a group to fight for the truth: the White Rose. Risking everything to print and distribute leaflets calling for Germans to rise up against the evil permeating their country, the White Rose treads a knife's edge of discovery by the Gestapo.

Annalise Brandt came to the University of Munich to study art, not get involved with conspiracy. The daughter of an SS officer, she's been brought up to believe in the F├╝hrer's divinely appointed leadership. But the more she comes to know Sophie and her friends, the more she questions the Nazi propaganda.

Soon Annalise joins their double life--students by day, resisters by night. And as the stakes increase, they're all forced to confront the deadly consequences meted out to any who dare to oppose the Reich.

A gripping testament to courage, The White Rose Resists illuminates the sacrifice and conviction of an unlikely group of revolutionaries who refused to remain silent-no matter the cost.


Kregel Publishing, May 2020
Available in digital ebook, paperback
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Friday, June 26, 2020

THE HEART OF A HERO by Susan May Warren, Reviewed by Kim Ann

Susan May Warren is a master at keeping you on your toes when reading her stories! You never know what’s going to happen next, but you can be assured that something will happen and it will be completely unexpected! This is Jake and Aria’s story, who we met in book 1, The Way of the Brave.
 
 
I really liked Jake. He’s charming, brave, seriously likable, and seems to find someone or something to rescue wherever he goes. While I liked Aria, I struggled to connect with her a little bit because she sent one too many mixed signals to Jake. There was a lot of action and many twists and turns in this story - one that seriously had my mouth hanging open. I did feel like there was too much of Ham’s story, which is next in this series, in this story, I would’ve like more of Jake and Aria’s instead.

I also loved the faith message that was in this story. These lines really resonated with me, “Panic comes when we stop believing that God is good. Or, that God is sovereign. But He is both, And that is the key to peace, even in the midst of the grief or fear. Whatever Storm life brings.”

If you are wanting to read a romantic adventure with a lot of action, this is the story for you!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. I’d say the faith element in this story is  2.5 medium. 
See Nicole's Review 

 Back Cover Blurb:
Jake Silver may not be able to put the memories of his time as a sniper and Navy SEAL behind him, but at least he can put his skills to use as a part of the Jones Inc. rescue team. Saving the life of pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Aria Sinclair on Denali helped too. Now he can't get her out of his head, and when he hears she is in the path of a hurricane down in Key West he can't help but jump on a plane to rescue her.

Aria has dedicated her life to helping children born with defective hearts. After all, she was one of those children. Now driven to succeed, she lives a lonely, stressful life. One she would have lost on Denali if it hadn't been for Jake. Jake is exciting and handsome, but he's also dangerous, and she's already lost one person she loves. She can't bear it again.

It's not until she finds herself trapped in the middle of a category 4 hurricane that she can admit she needs Jake desperately. With their very survival in the balance, can they hope for a second chance at life . . . and love?


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Thursday, June 25, 2020

AT LOVE'S COMMAND by Karen Witemeyer, Reviewed by Paula and Winnie

PAULA'S REVIEW:
A Godly Hero and a Lady Doctor. Could this be a match made in Heaven? But these two meet in Purgatory, Texas!

Matthew Hanger and his three comrades have retired from the cavalry and become united in a cause for justice. After Mark Wallace is injured, they turn to Josephine Burkett to do the doctoring. Dr. Jo has made her mark in the medical world and expects that her matrimonial prospects are dim. Until she meets Matt Hanger. Quote: He made a glorious picture. Tall in the saddle. Valiant. Unafraid of dangers that lurked ahead. A hero on a noble quest.

I loved the premise that Matt, Jonah, Mark and Luke were ex-military and used their experience to right wrongs. Luke is nicknamed Preach and has a Scripture for everything, especially before the Horsemen set out to roust outlaws. They seek God’s direction in everything and learn how to submit to Him. They have faith and integrity.

The banter between Matt and Jo with her: “highfalutin, ten dollar words” showed their personalities. Dr. Jo might be educated but she can understand people and is loyal to family.

Another winner for Karen Witemeyer with more to come from the other Horsemen.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. 5stars. Strong faith thread.*
WINNIE'S REVIEW:
At Love’s Command is the first book in Karen Witemeyer’s new series, Hanger’s Horsemen. With colorful, engaging characters, witty banter, lots of intrigue, and plenty of twists and turns, the series is off to a great start. Matthew Hanger is a fantastic hero—protective, skilled, dedicated, and courageous. Dr. Josephine Burkett has many of the same traits, but is also feisty and doesn’t hesitate to use her extensive vocabulary to annoy Matthew. I enjoyed the banter between them and seeing their relationship develop. The stellar secondary cast added much to the story, and I’m anxiously awaiting reading more about Luke ‘Preach’ Davenport, Jonah Brooks, and Mark Wallace and the adventures they have.

Preach’s scripture quoting was a fun addition to the story. He could call up the perfect scripture to fit any situation.

“’If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed . . . nothing shall be impossible unto you.’ Time for some mustard, boys!”

If you like historical fiction with intrigue, suspense, humor, inspiration, and a big dash of romance, you’re sure to enjoy this tale. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. 4.5 stars *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author and Bethany House Publishing. All opinions are my own.


See Reviews by Kim and Trixi

BackCover Blurb:
Haunted by the horrors of war, ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries known as Hanger's Horsemen who have become legends in 1890s Texas. They defend the innocent and obtain justice for the oppressed. But when a rustler's bullet leaves one of them at death's door, they're the ones in need of saving.

Dr. Josephine Burkett is used to men taking one look at her skirts and discounting her medical skills. What she's not used to is having a man change his mind in a heartbeat and offer to assist her in surgery. Matthew Hanger's dedication to his friend during recovery earns Josephine's respect, and when she hears of her brother's abduction, he becomes her only hope for rescue.

Matt has stared down ruthless outlaws, betrayal, and injury, but when a bossy lady doctor crawls under his skin, his heart is tempted to surrender. And when she is caught in the crossfire, he may have to s
acrifice everything--even his team--to save her.

Bethany House, 2020
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

MASQUERADE AT MIDDLECREST ABBEY by Abigail Wilson, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

When I saw the lovely cover of Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey, I knew I had to read the story. With a colorful, well-developed cast of characters and an intriguing premise, I was hooked from the first page. Lord Torrington and Elizabeth Cantrell were both endearing, and I enjoyed the interactions between them. Of course, baby Isaac added an extra helping of cuteness.
The story was well-paced, and the mystery involved kept me guessing to the end. Filled with intrigue, suspense, adventure, and a dose of romance, this compelling book has a little of everything and should captivate those who enjoy well-written Regency tales. I’m eagerly awaiting the next Abigail Wilson story.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.
Light faith thread. 4.5 stars


BackCover Blurb:
In this new Regency romance, a young unwed mother must protect her heart from the charms of her convenient new husband, Lord Torrington. She is not, however, prepared to protect her life.

When the widowed Lord Torrington agreed to spy for the crown, he never planned to impersonate a highwayman, let alone rob the wrong carriage. Stranded on the road with an unconscious young woman, he is forced to propose marriage to protect his identity and her reputation, as well as his dangerous mission.

Trapped not only by her duty to her country but also by her limited options as an unwed mother, Miss Elizabeth Cantrell and her infant son are whisked away to Middlecrest Abbey by none other than the elder brother of her son’s absent father. There she is met by Torrington’s beautiful grown daughters, a vicious murder, and an urgent hunt for the missing intelligence that could turn the war with France. Meanwhile she must convince everyone that her marriage is a genuine love match if her new husband has any hope of uncovering the enemy.

Determined to keep her son’s true identity a secret, Elizabeth will need to remain one step ahead of her fragile heart, her uncertain future, and the relentless fiend bent on her new family’s ruin.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A GIRL'S GUIDE TO THE OUTBACK by Jessica Kate, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"She has more faith in me that I have in myself."

Kimberly Foster and Samuel Payton endured (or enjoyed . . . depending on who you asked or what day of the week it was) a love/hate, fire/ice relationship for three wonderful years. . . if you cared to define butting heads twenty-four-seven as a "relationship". It ended badly. Sam resolutely returned to Australia to help his sister stabilize their fledgling family farm business and Kimberly unsuccessfully led the once vibrant Wildfire youth ministry through two failed successors.

So, what possible reason could Kim have for getting on a jet plane and traveling half-way around the world to Australia in order to convince Samuel Payton that he was burying his God-given talents on a dairy farm? Miraculously, she didn't have to. Sam's sister Jules came up with the idea. Jules was under the delusion that Kim's business savvy was just what they needed to reorganize their assets. Kimberly, on the other hand, had a sneaking suspicion that the experience was going to end up being a pitiful crash-and-burn notation on her resume. But my oh my, if she secretly crushed on Samuel Payton in Virginia, when he stood in front of hundreds of adoring teenagers, how would she ever manage to control her infatuation when the man rode a tractor across the fields of Australia?

This book is amazing. It has zip, it has character, it sizzles, it tingles, it laughs, it cries, it peels back the layers of its soulmates with the precision of a surgeon . . . .with no intention to destroy, but in order to heal, . . . . in order to face fears, so that they might move forward with freedom, and grace, and certainty . . . that God's ways are always higher than ours. I loved it, and so will you! Plus . . . Sam and Kim together? . . . they are worth reading thousands of pages! ( and Jules and Mick aren't so bad, either!) 


*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 4.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
How far will a girl go to win back a guy she can’t stand? This funny, sweet, and romantic story proves that opposites do attract—and that God has a sense of humor.

Samuel Payton is a passionate youth pastor in Virginia, but below the surface, he’s still recovering from the blow of a failed business and insecurities he can’t shake. His coworker, start-up expert Kimberly Foster, is brilliant, fearless, and capable, but years of personal rejection have left her defensive and longing for a family. Two people have never been more at odds—or more attracted to one another. And every day at work, the sparks sure do fly.

When Kimberly’s ambitious plans for Sam’s ministry butt up against his risk-averse nature, Sam decides that obligations to family trump his work for the church. He quits the ministry and heads home to Australia to help his sister, Jules, save her struggling farm. As Kimberly’s grand plans flounder, she is forced to face the truth: that no one can replace Sam. Together they strike up a deal: If Kimberly comes to work on Jules’s dairy farm and lends her business brains to their endeavor, then maybe—just maybe—Sam will reconsider his future with the church.

As Kimberly tries her hand at Australian farm life, she learns more about herself than she could’ve ever expected. Meanwhile Sam is forced to re-evaluate this spunky woman he thought he already knew. As foes slowly morph into friends, they wonder if they might be something even more. But when disaster strikes the farm, will Sam find it within himself to take a risk that could l
ead to love? And will Kimberly trust God with her future? 


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Sunday, June 21, 2020

WHAT MOMMA LEFT BEHIND by Cindy K. Sproles, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Read this wonderful novel to find out WHAT MOMMA LEFT BEHIND. Her legacy was just what Worie Dressar needed in tough times in 1877 Appalachia.

Fiesty is not a strong enough word to describe Worie Dressar. She is blunt. She will not let anyone run roughshod over her. She has seen too much pain in her 17 years. When she knows something is right, she will move heaven and earth to rectify an injustice.

This book is written in a no-nonsense, culturally authentic way. But, oh, the lessons it teaches. The author has covered the Seven Deadly Sins and shows the consequences. Ms. Sproles also shows Biblical solutions. The themes of trust, forgiveness and listening to the Lord are woven through this story.

The author gives us rawness and beauty through the trials of Worie Dressar. She says: “Daddy was right about these mountains. Even in the hardest of times their beauty speaks to you. Life is hard here. A body only has the simple things to keep them goin. A man closes his eyes at night and just prays to open them when the rooster crows.” And: “The mountain air brings newness, seeps down deep, and cleans out the things that weigh heavy on a body’s soul. Despite how hard things are, it’s like the mountain is forgivin. It demands a man’s hard work to survive, but then it wraps its soul and spirit around you, claimin you as its own child.”

Worie is no respecter of persons and fights for the underdog when need be. She seeks counsel from Pastor Jess and old friend Ely.

This book is rich in description, jargon and Biblical lessons. This a book not to be missed.
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Revell Reads blogger program. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars, strong Spiritual thread.

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
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Saturday, June 20, 2020

A GILDED LADY by Elizabeth Camden, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

This is a romance set in the 1900/1901 Gilded Age backdrop of the McKinley administration.

This second book in the Hope and Glory series by Elizabeth Camden follows Caroline Delacroix as she navigates the job of secretary to a somewhat difficult First Lady, Ida McKinley. Ms. Camden takes us behind the scenes of the White House and its workings. Not only does Caroline have to juggle her consuming responsibilities with some political intrigue involving one of her brothers, but she has to weigh her feelings for the head of security, Nathaniel Trask.

Nathaniel has a lot on his shoulders protecting the President of the United States and he must not let the distraction of Caroline jeopardize his mission. Yet they can’t deny that they rely on one another for support in their respective jobs. When things look bleak, Caroline counsels Nathaniel: “You are unconditionally loved. Unconditionally forgiven. You are a child of God, deserving of more credit than you have given yourself. None of us are perfect. We stumble and fall and make mistakes time and again, but we can’t wallow in failure. Someday we have to accept God’s grace to stand up and try again.”

Not only is this an interesting slice of history, this book informs and encourages us to see ourselves as God sees us.

The cover of this novel is sumptuous and intriguing, for you can glimpse the profile of brother Gray in the mirror. I have seen the cover for the third book Prince of Spies and that cover also fits perfectly. I cannot wait for the story of twin brother, Luke.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* I give this book 5 stars. It has a strong faith thread. 


See Nicole Cook's Review

Back Cover Blurb:
Caroline Delacroix is at the pinnacle of Washington high society in her role as secretary to the First Lady of the United States. But beneath the facade of her beauty, glamorous wardrobe, and dazzling personality, she's hiding a terrible secret. If she cannot untangle a web of foreign espionage, her brother will face execution for treason.

Nathaniel Trask is the newly appointed head of the president's Secret Service team. He is immediately attracted to Caroline's quick wit and undeniable charm, but his job leaves no room for distractions. Anarchist plots have led to mounting threats against the president, forcing him to put duty before his growing love for Caroline.

Amid the glamorous pageantry of Gilded Age Washington, DC, Caroline and Nathaniel face danger and heartbreak that shakes them to their core and tests all they know about love and sacrifice.


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