Sunday, April 18, 2021

NIGHT FALL by Nancy Mehl, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Do you hear the Train Man rumbling in the night?"

F. B. I. Behavioral Analyst Specialist Alex Donovan "felt like all the blood in her body had frozen, as if time itself had come to a halt". Seeing those awful phrases painted on the side of a rail car brought back equally awful memories from her childhood, for Alex remembered those words being chanted from the lips of a woman who had been designated as her guardian, although undeniably unstable, her Aunt Willow had taken Alex in after the death of her mother. Frankly, at this point Alex has no choice but to pull herself together in order to aggressively utilize her inside knowledge, the agency is frantically tracking a serial killer, a psychopath who has declared himself as the "Destroyer", his signature being the "Train Man". But what about the cost to Alex's psyche? Revisiting her nightmares will be no easy assignment.

As Alex and her team race forward to avoid a sixth death and the possible unleashing of a powerful pathogen, her subconscious reverts back to episodes of paranoia, near panic attacks, and questions . . . . . all sorts of questions about God . . . . angels . . . . and demons. Fellow agent Logan Hart, nicknamed "The Preacher", calmly and gently probes Alex's misconceptions, assuring her of the existence of a one true God whose characteristics are nothing like the cultish influences of her past. Will it be enough? Will Alex know who to call on in her darkest hour . . . "or else the evil Train Man may carry them(her) away".

Non-stop action, interesting twists and turns . . . characters that readers will want to spend much more time with . . .  characters whom characters themselves will want to spend more time with. A very intriguing suspense with a rather dark ambience, balanced by some very authentic questions and answers about all things spiritual. 
*3.5 stars. I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.
 

BackCover Blurb:
Now that Alexandra "Alex" Donovan is finally free of her troubled upbringing, she's able to live out her childhood dream of working for the FBI. But soon after she becomes a member of the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, authorities in Kansas and Missouri contact them about bodies found on freight trains traveling across the country--all killed in the same way.

Alex never expected to be forced to confront her past in this new job, but she immediately recognizes the graffiti messages the killer is leaving on the train cars. When the BAU sends her to gather information about the messages from her aunt in Wichita, Kansas, Alex is haunted by the struggles she thought she'd left behind forever.

In a race against time to solve the case while battling her own weaknesses, Alex must face how far she'll go--and what she's willing to risk--to put a stop to the Train Killer.

Bethany House Publishing, March 2021
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Saturday, April 17, 2021

AN UNCOMMON EARL by Sian Ann Bessey, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

Be prepared to fall in love with the uncommon Earl, Alexander Allerton, in Sian Ann Bessey’s newest historical fiction book. He is a champion for the less fortunate of England, and is a courageous, compassionate, and exceptional hero. Jane Hadford is reserved, observant, lovely, and because of an unfortunate accident, used to being ignored socially. The relationship between these two is dynamic, and I enjoyed seeing it change and grow. 

I quickly became invested in this story. With a richly painted setting and characters that are layered, engaging, and colorful, it was easy to transport myself into the tale. Bessey has quickly become one of my favorite authors for historical fiction. She is a master at meshing actual historical details with a fictional story. I enjoyed learning more about this slice of the history of England while reading it. I’m looking forward to reading more of her books.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Covenant Communications. All opinions are my own.

BackCover Blurb:
Alexander Allerton, the Earl of Bloxley’s, greatest desire is to alleviate the suffering of the poor and less fortunate of England. So when his hackney carriage is involved in an accident that results in the death of one of those he is determined to help, he is devastated. Alexander vows to keep the promise he makes to the injured woman as she takes her final breaths: he will not rest until he finds her young son. 

After a crippling accident years ago, Jane Hadford is accustomed to being largely ignored at social events. But being overlooked has allowed her to hone her observational skills—and she quickly perceives that all is not well with the handsome Lord Bloxley. When an unexpected opportunity arises to talk to the earl, he surprises them both by sharing with her his fruitless search for the child. Touched by Lord Bloxley’s story and by his desire to make things right, Jane determines to help him fulfill his promise. What she cannot anticipate, however, is that the quest she has chosen to undertake will bring into her life a small boy who will steal her heart and a gentleman who might well do the same.

Covenant Communications, April 2021

Friday, April 16, 2021

ROOTS OF WOOD AND STONE by Amanda Wen, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Fabulous debut.

I so love novels steeped in the history of the author. This lovely dual-time book is a prime example. Ms. Wen draws on extensive research into her family tree to give us a exceptional story of life, love and lessons learned.

It is a fabulous story of Sloane Kelley who is adopted and feels the loss of her own history. She is a curator at a historical museum in Wichita, Kansas when Garrett Anderson brings in an artifact discovered when he was clearing out his grandmother’s attic. Little did Sloane know how God would use an old satchel to answer her longing heart.

Garrett is a planner but he has forgotten to enter seeking God into his plans for the future. Together, Sloane and Garrett pour through old diaries and find their life answers. There are a lot of surprises along with laughter and tears. This author knows how to write romance and sizzling kisses!

Past and present meld in a fascinating way. And at the root of it all is a lesson both generations of characters learn: we all have worth in God and He can give us more than we deserve or expect.
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Kregel through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*I give this 5 stars and a strong faith thread. 

BackCover Blurb:
This historic home holds the keys to their destiny . . .and their hearts

Abandoned at birth, her family roots a mystery, historical museum curator Sloane Kelley has dedicated her life to making sure others know theirs. When a donor drops off a dusty old satchel, she doesn't expect much from the common artifact . . .until she finds real treasure inside: a nineteenth-century diary.Now she's on the hunt to find out more.

Garrett Anderson just wanted to clean out his grandmother's historic but tumbledown farmhouse before selling it to fund her medical care. With her advancing Alzheimer's, he can't afford to be sentimental about the family home. But his carefully ordered plan runs up against two formidable obstacles: Sloane, who's fallen in love with both the diaries and the house, and his own heart, which is irresistibly drawn to Sloane.

A century and a half earlier, motherless Annabelle Collins embarks with her aunt and uncle on the adventure of a lifetime: settling the prairies of Sedgwick County, Kansas. The diaries she left behind paint a portrait of life, loss, and love--and a God who faithfully carries her through it all. Paging through the diaries together takes Sloane and Garrett on a journey they never could have planned, which will change them in ways they never imagined.

This warm, beautifully written split-time novel will resonate with readers looking for stories that reveal the beauty of God's plan for our lives, and how our actions ripple for generations.

Kregel Publications, February 2021
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Thursday, April 15, 2021

THE PURPLE NIGHTGOWN by A.D. Lawrence, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney


"She couldn't stay in this death trap another night."

Except that Stella Burke was trapped . . . having checked into the Wilderness Heights Health Spa of her own volition and against the advice of her long time friend Henry Clayton. Suffering chronic migraines, Stella sought out the expertise of Dr. Linda Hazzard, having read great things about her methodology for curing various ailments. But once under the doctor's daily regime, Stella is still suffering headaches and has numerous body aches to match. However, her own experiences paled in comparison to the other creepy, malevolent goings-on under the supervision of the famed Dr. Hazzard. If only Henry would come to her rescue . . . or would he? They had parted on very shaky terms.

Thankfully, Stella took hope in God's Word, remembering the words of the psalmist when he wrote, "When I consider the heavens, the work of they fingers, the moon and stars, which thou hast ordained, what is man that thou are mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?" She was not alone.
Be prepared to wish that this story was indeed fiction, for the truth of the matter is that Dr. Linda Hazzard was a wolf in sheep's clothing, prowling through the pocketbooks of the rich in order to fuel her own cruel psychosis. Did she get away with it? Apparently she did. Bravo to the author for tackling such a diabolical set of circumstances.
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.
 
BackCover Blurb
Step into True Colors -- a series of Historical Stories of Romance and True American Crime

Marvel at true but forgotten history when patients check into Linda Hazzard’s Washington state spa in 1912 and soon become victim of her twisted greed.

Heiress Stella Burke is plagued by insincere suitors and nonstop headaches. Exhausting all other medical aides for her migraines, Stella reads Fasting for the Cure of Disease by Linda Hazzard and determines to go to the spa the author runs. Stella’s chauffer and long-time friend, Henry Clayton, is reluctant to leave her at the spa. Something doesn’t feel right to him, still Stella submits herself into Linda Hazzard’s care. Stella soon learns the spa has a dark side and Linda a mean streak. But when Stella has had enough, all ways to leave are suddenly blocked. Will Stella become a walking skeleton like many of the other patients or succumb to a worse fate?

Barbour Publishing, March 2021
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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

PRESENT DANGER by Elizabeth Goddard, Reviewed by Kim

Present Danger is the first book in Elizabeth Goddard’s new series. It’s also a second chance romance which is one of my favorite types of romances.

I liked both of the main characters in this story and I thought the storyline, which dealt with artifact trafficking, was different, which is always good. While I liked this story well enough, I didn’t really connect with the main characters and their romance felt a little more like a friendship to me. I also felt like the ending was just a bit too much to be realistic.
I did enjoy getting to catch up with characters from the previous series. If you enjoy second chance romances, this just might be the book for you.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. The Faith thread was light. 
 

BackCover Blurb:
Hidden crimes. Open threats. Long-buried secrets.
They'll be fighting for the truth--and their lives.

Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He's committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn--one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he's failed her before.

If he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts.

Revell Publishing, April 6, 2021
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REBUILDING HER LIFE by Ruth Logan Herne, Reviewed by Trixi Oberembt

“Family wasn't necessarily family by blood, they were related by love, and Kendrick Creek was sure showing him a lot of that.”~page 126

Ruth Logan Herne always writes her books with plenty of heart and soul! Her characters come to life on the pages and the reader is immediately immersed in the story.

Here we meet Dr. Jess Bristol and Shane Stone who have come back to Kendrick Creek, Tennessee to help rebuild the town after a devastating fire. They've both had their share of a painful past history together that forces them to deal with it head-on. Shane is also raising his young niece and nephew after his sister passed away. He has plenty on his plate but soon discovers the townspeople are more than willing to lend a hand wherever needed. Jess is essentially an outsider, and finding her place among Kendrick Creek takes a bit of doing. It was wonderful to see that she bonded with Shane's niece Jolie and helped the young girl to heal from grief. I also really love Jess's Mom Mary! She was the glue that held things together and is full of wisdom when it came to life lessons. She's a gentle encourager and faith-filled woman who never stopped praying for her daughter. 

Rebuilding Her Life is an emotional and tender story of second chances, a perfect example of sacrificial love, a town bonding together to help each other, friendships forged in fire and a love of both family and romantically. Herne includes plenty of faith, discovering our worth in God, and finding true peace in Him. She's a master of bringing a story to life that will stick with a reader long after the last page is turned!
*I purchased a copy of this book and reviewed it of my own free will. *
 
BackCover Blurb:
Coming home isn’t always easy…in this novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Ruth Logan Herne.

Faced with a decades-old mistake, can she find forgiveness?

After a fire devastates her hometown, Dr. Jess Bristol returns to save her mother’s clinic—and comes face-to-face with her high school sweetheart. Over twenty years ago, Jess helped put Shane Stone in jail…and later learned he was innocent. Now they must work together to restore their town. Though Shane has put his past behind him, can the adoptive single father forgive the woman he once loved?

Harlequin Love Inspired: March 2021
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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

WHEN TWILIGHT BREAKS by Sarah Sundin, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"She will not be easily won."

Truer words were never spoken, and American graduate student Peter Lang, working on his PhD while teaching in a German university, took them to heart. Evelyn Brand was every ounce the "firebrand" her reputation indicated, except that instead of being put off, Peter was hopelessly intrigued. Of course, as a female American journalist, Evelyn would have to exhibit a tough persona, especially in the throes of reporting the news coming out of Nazi Germany, but there was more to it than that. Peter couldn't quite put his finger on it, but when he did, her reciprocation of his attention grew a bit frosty.

Peter Lang was handsome, witty, and persaverent, but they were an ocean apart when it came to their ideology about the Third Reich; whereas Peter saw order in the place of chaos, Evelyn saw a dictatorship that would stop at nothing to achieve world power, including genocide. She walked a fine line, writing the stories that were assigned to her, while carefully finding a way to script the truth between the lines, using well placed interjections of human interest, carefully confiscated from a trickle of confidential informants. She and Peter were heading for a head-on collision; the outcome wouldn't be pretty, more than likely it could prove fatal for one, if not both of them. Evelyn was about to experience, "Small. Alone. Vulnerable. And hunted." Would anyone come for her?

Riveting from beginning to end, this is the kind of story that grips you fiercely, tightly, and possessively, so much so that it is hard to breathe at times, for fear you will negatively affect the outcome. The perspective is brilliant; merging an attractive female journalist with an American graduate student embedded within German academia. Both have a lot to lose, but will leaning on each other make them stronger or weaker? "Sometimes a reed much choose to become a rod and risk the breaking in the storm". 

In my opinion, this well known author, who has written many good stories, has penned her very best novel to date. And it is this one. 
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 
 
 
BackCover Blurb:
Munich, 1938. Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent as determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession as she is to expose the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. To do so, she must walk a thin line. If she offends the government, she could be expelled from the country--or worse. If she fails to truthfully report on major stories, she'll never be able to give a voice to the oppressed--and wake up the folks back home.

In another part of the city, American graduate student Peter Lang is working on his PhD in German. Disillusioned with the chaos in the world due to the Great Depression, he is impressed with the prosperity and order of German society. But when the brutality of the regime hits close, he discovers a far better way to use his contacts within the Nazi party--to feed information to the shrewd reporter he can't get off his mind.

This electric standalone novel from fan-favorite Sarah Sundin puts you right at the intersection of pulse-pounding suspense and heart-stopping romance.
 
Revell Publishing, February, 2021
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BOOKSHOP BY THE SEA by Denise Hunter, Reviewed by Kim #ReleaseDayApril13

Bookshop by the Sea by Denise Hunter is a quick sweet read. I always enjoy Ms. Hunter’s writing style and storylines. This is a second chance romance which is always a favorite of mine.

Unfortunately, while I did enjoy this book, I struggled to connect with Sophie and Aiden and their romance. I wish we could’ve read more of their initial relationship to get a better feel for them as a couple. I felt they lacked chemistry. I also felt like Sophie’s dysfunctional relationship with her siblings and father went on too long which made me become frustrated with her more than them.

If you’re in the mood for a quick sweet read, with a book store that I’d love to visit, then this might be the book for you! Releases April 2021
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. The faith thread is very light. I’d call this a clean book.
3 stars.

BackCover Blurb
Sophie Lawson should be enjoying her sister’s wedding day. But nothing could have prepared her to see the best man again.

After her mother became bedridden and her father bailed on the family, Sophie found herself serving as a second mother to her twin brother, Seth, and younger sister, Jenna. Sophie supported her siblings through their college years, putting aside her own dream of opening a bookshop in Piper’s Cove—the quaint North Carolina beach town they frequented as children.

Now it’s finally time for Sophie to follow her own pursuits. Seth has a new job, and Jenna is set to marry her college beau in Piper’s Cove. But the destination wedding reunites Sophie with best man Aiden Maddox, her high school sweetheart who left her without a backward glance.

When an advancing hurricane strands Aiden in Piper’s Cove after the wedding, he finds the hotels booked to capacity and has to ask Sophie to put him up until the storm passes. As the two ride out the weather, old feelings rise to the surface. The delay also leaves Sophie with mere days to get her bookshop up and running. Can she trust Aiden to stick around? And will he find the courage to risk his heart?
 
 
Thomas Nelson Publishing, April 2021
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Saturday, April 10, 2021

HOURS TO KILL by Susan Sleeman, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

With riveting suspense and a compelling storyline, Susan Sleeman’s latest book, Hours to Kill, kept me absorbed from the first page. The two main characters, FBI Special Agent Addison Leigh and Deputy U.S. Marshall Mack Jordan, are married but separated, due to Mack’s PTSD. When Addy is left with amnesia after an attack on her, Mack rushes to her side and finds that she doesn’t remember him or their marriage. As Mack and his team struggle to help Addy remember details of the case she was working on, it becomes clear to them that they’re in a race against time.

Filled with lots of twists and turns, suspense, inspiration, and a dash of romance, this book is sure to appeal those who enjoy inspirational romantic suspense. Sleeman’s stories are always so educational, as her characters are armed with the latest technology, and it’s evident she’s done her research on the subject matter.

This book concludes the Homeland Heroes series, but it can be read as a standalone book. However, it was such fun to see some of the characters from the other stories in the series pop up in this one. 4.5 stars
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.

BackCover Blurb:
Just as Homeland Security Agent Addison Leigh reaches the pinnacle of her cyber investigation into a firearms smuggling ring, she's attacked and left for dead. Her estranged husband, ICE Agent Mack Jordan, is notified that she's at the hospital in a coma. He may have let his past military trauma ruin their short marriage, but she never gave up on their relationship, and he remains her next of kin.

Mack rushes to her bedside, where he promises to hunt down the man who attacked her. Mack failed her once when he bailed on their marriage, and he's not about to let her down again. But when she wakes up in the hospital, she remembers neither the attack nor ever being married to Mack. And when a second attempt to take her life is made, it's clear something very sinister is going on, and Mack and Addison are in for the ride of their lives.

Bethany House Publishing, March 2021
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Friday, April 9, 2021

PRESENT DANGER by Elizabeth Goddard, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas and Rebecca Maney


WINNIE'S REVIEW:
Elizabeth Goddard’s new series, Rocky Mountain Courage, promises to be another winner for romantic suspense fans. Present Danger, the first book in the series, is a wild ride of twists and turns that kept me guessing from the first page to the last. Goddard is talented at keeping the suspense ramped up throughout the story.

With carefully-crafted and colorful characters, and a setting in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, the scene is set for intrigue. USFS Special Agent Terra Connors is paired with Jack Tanner, a former FBI agent now working as a detective, to solve a murder involving the trafficking of archaeological artifacts.

This book should appeal to those who enjoy suspense, mystery, with a dash of second-chance romance. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Revell through LibraryThing. All opinions are my own. 

REBECCA'S REVIEW:
"The direction your life takes can often come down to one decision, one moment in time."

Her deceased mother's advice still ringing in her ears, United States Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors is unsure about her reaction to seeing Grayback County Sheriff's Detective Jack Tanner again. Obviously, Jack already knew that she was back in the area but laying eyes on him again after that fateful decision, was still a shock to her system. Personal feelings aside, they would have to find an amicable means of working together; a private plane has crashed, the pilot has mysteriously disappeared from the hospital, and a respected member of their community has been murdered. And that's not all.

Jack Tanner had been conducting a search and rescue operation when he spotted what appeared to be a body at the bottom of a ravine. . . . it certainly wasn't the bodies of the two twin girls, the objects of their original search. After rappelling down to the scene, he comes eye to eye with the one person whose face has interrupted his thoughts and dreams for years, how could he have ever let her go?

As Terra and Jack delve into the case, the facts become more and more confusing while the body count continues to rise; but they have gained one cryptic clue; "Janus", the name of an ancient Roman god with two faces, one looking backwards toward the past and the other looking forward towards the present. In an odd sort of way, it also depicts the journey that Terra and Jack have taken, the obvious question in both cases remains, "Where do we go from here?".

Readers will definitely enjoy puzzling over this story while they savor the sweetness of a relationship tossed aside for all the wrong reasons, only to be put back together for all of the right. The pacing is perfect; continuous, mind-boggling action, with plenty of time for "unfinished business".

"I'm holding you close, that's what. I'm holding this moment close. I almost lost you out there. I can't let that happen ever again."
*I received a copy of this book from the Baker Publishing Group through Interviews and Reviews.

BackCover Blurb:
Hidden crimes. Open threats. Long-buried secrets.
They'll be fighting for the truth--and their lives.

Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He's committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn--one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he's failed her before.

If he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts.

Revell Publishing, April 6, 2021
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Thursday, April 8, 2021

BLACKBERRY BEACH by Irene Hannon, Reviewed by Paula, Winnie, and Rebecca



PAULA'S REVIEW:
It is great to be back in Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast. The quaint town is a beautiful refuge. This time we meet Zach Garrett who has left his high dollar, pressure cooker life to open his dream coffee shop. He is seeking a slower pace and everything worthwhile.

Being the haven that it is, Hope Harbor draws Katherine Parker who has been questioning her whole career. The house she rents in order to re-evaluate her priorities just happens to share Blackberry Beach with Zach. A hero who cooks and a heroine who makes chocolate truffles, a wonderful pairing!

There are great match-ups in this story including the returning sea gull duo, Floyd and Gladys. We see old friends: The sparring golf buddies, Father Murphy and Reverend Baker as well as Charley of the food truck who always dispenses wisdom with his fish tacos: “I expect most dreams are reachable, if the person is willing to pay the price. The question is whether the goal is worth the cost-and whether the return on investment is positive or negative.”

I like the giving spirit of the residents as they pull together for community projects, even Zach’s visiting Aunt Stephanie. More than one romance blooms in this place of refuge.   
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *

WINNIE'S REVIEW:
“A person had to choose to stay—or return—without coercion or they could never be truly yours.”

It’s been a while since I’ve read one of Irene Hannon’s books, but the cover and premise of Blackberry Beach called to me, and I couldn’t resist. Now I need to go back and read the other books in the Hope Harbor series that I’ve missed. Hannon’s setting in Hope Harbor, Oregon, and her colorful, well-crafted characters grabbed me from the first page and kept me captivated to the end. Zach Garrett is a wonderful, compassionate hero whose concern for others made him a popular coffee shop owner. Katherine Parker is a successful actor who visits Hope Harbor to contemplate a career change. I enjoyed their interactions and seeing their relationship grow.

Charley was a breath of fresh air with his fish tacos, sage advice and observations. He was definitely a fantastic part of the story and added to my enjoyment of it. The stellar cast of secondary characters gave depth and a bonus plot twist. The small-town charm of Hope Harbor made me want to visit, and the story was delightful and satisfying.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Revell through Interviews and Reviews. All opinions are my own. 

REBECCA'S REVIEW:
"No matter what happens, I'll always be grateful our paths crossed."

"The mystery woman was back." The lovely visitor to The Perfect Blend was certainly eye-catching, even if she did prefer to wear her over-sized sunglasses inside his coffee bar. It had been a long time since anyone had sparked his curiosity, so Zach Garrett decided to be pro-active, but the lady responded with a dose of polite evasion. According to the local muse, "she may be hiding behind a protective wall. Could be she's dealing with a boatload of heavy stuff". If Zach had realized just how heavy, would it have made any difference? Probably not.

Katherine Parker has returned to Hope Harbor with a desire to remain low key and hopefully anonymous. Her Hollywood lifestyle had brought her the "fame and fortune" she once craved, but the price tag had been extremely high, a man had lost his life. Now, she faces a decision . . . . cut off all ties to her past or accept a premiere role that is being offered to her on a silver platter. And why does a pair of chocolate brown eyes have anything to do with it?

Enjoy this satisfying return to a place where the author has established life long friends for her readers, placing Katherine and Zach at the top of list . . . . . with a bonus scenario that will delight the heart of every romantic! Second chances are a beautiful thing to behold . . . . and trust in the Almighty is a powerful place to begin. And of course, there's Charley!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I also purchased a copy.
 
BackCover Blurb:
Katherine Parker is on the cusp of having everything she ever wanted--fame, money, and acclaim. So why isn't she happy? In search of answers, she comes incognito to Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast for some R&R. Maybe in her secluded rental house overlooking the serene Pacific she'll be able to calm the storm inside.

Coffee shop owner Zach Garrett has found his niche after a traumatic loss--and he has no plans to change the life he's created. Nor does he want to get involved with his reticent new neighbor, whose past is shrouded in mystery. He's had enough drama to last a lifetime. But when Katherine and Zach are recruited to help rehab a home for foster children, sparks fly. And as their lives begin to intersect, might they find more common ground than they expected . . . and discover that, with love, all things are possible?

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites you to come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.

 
Revell Publishing, April 6, 2021
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BONUS REVIEW- Paula's review of Hope Harbor #1 in the series!)
“Come to Hope Harbor-where hearts heal and love blooms.”

Hope Harbor is full of hurting people. Can they connect to be able to hope again?

Tracy Campbell and Michael Hunter are both mourning their spouses. Tracy is trying to lose herself in keeping her family business afloat. Could the new stranger in town be the answer to her prayers?

“What we want and what God sends our way are often two different things-but He always has our best interest at heart.”

When Michael comes to town, he impacts lives and finds purpose again.

Delightful story of hope and healing. A picturesque setting in Oregon with characters that you want to get to know.

“I have a feeling that in Hope Harbor, anything is possible.”

A visit to Hope Harbor is special and I will be returning.
* I purchased this ebook from Amazon. All opinions are my own.*
4 stars and solid faith thread. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

THE INDEBTED EARL by Erica Vetsch, Blog Tour With #Giveaway. Hosted with Reviews by Trixi and Paula

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TRIXI'S REVIEW:
If you love Regency fiction, then it goes without saying that you will love The Indebted Earl! Vetsch is a fresh new voice in the genre, though not new to writing. This is the third and final book in the Serendipity and Secrets series and I think it would be a richer tale if the reader has devoured the first two books. Because I think this ties all of them together neatly!

This is such an enthralling, adventurous, and topsy-turvy story that captured me in its pages. I loved both Sophie and Charles, watching them fall in love was the highlight for me. Penny, Thea, and Betsy—Charles' wards—added a delightful mix of feminine charm. Though I'd have to say ten- year-old Thea was a most challenging girl...more at home running amok then learning how to be a proper lady someday. She vexed Charles at every turn; he always said if she were born a male, she'd make a fine cabin boy aboard a ship.

I had a hard time putting this down because there wasn't a moment I didn't NEED to know what was going to happen next. There's so much to this and Vetsch kept things interesting around every corner. I loved revisiting characters from the first two books, such as Sophie's brother Marcus and his wife Charlotte. It's like seeing old friends again. There's also a bit of danger and mystery added when a smuggling ring is discovered.

This is Regency fiction at its best penned by a master storyteller! You'll find faith, love, adventure, danger, mystery and more. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions expressed here are my own. *
 

PAULA'S REVIEW:
One of my favorite genres is Regency historicals and this series has been the icing on the cake!

In book number three of Serendipity and Secrets, Stalwart Captain Charles Wyvern has his life planned out when everything is turned upside down. He has an obligation to fulfill from his dying friend Major Richardson. He has promised to look after Rich’s mother, Mamie and fiancĂ©, Lady Sophia Haverly. There are more surprises in store when he gets to his family estate. He is the new Earl and has three young wards. Sophie was looking after her almost mother in law while she waited for Rich to return from war: “Duties are not burdens when they are performed out of love.” Can obligation turn to love?

Charles and Sophie are thrust into a new situation and seek God for the answers. But are they ready for what God shows them?

This is a story with a bit of intrigue and danger that brings feelings to the forefront. It is packed with likable characters. The three young girls are portrayed with spirit and wisdom beyond their years. The loving relationship between Mamie and Sophie shows that God can bring comfort in times of sorrow and He makes family where hearts come together.

Ms. Vetsch has penned a delightful end to her fantastic Regency series. I do believe Regency is her talent. She genuinely blossoms in these stories.
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel on behalf of the author through Audra Jennings Tours. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* I give this 5 stars and a strong faith thread. 

About the book:

Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business--or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life--especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero's dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man's grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn't opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed's elderly mother, and she's already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she'll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he's come to mean to her. Now she'll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.


Click here to read an excerpt.

About the author:

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.  


Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks. 


A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England. 

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor), Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

 

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

PRESENT DANGER by Elizabeth Goddard, Reviewed by Nicole Cook and Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDayApril6

NICOLE'S REVIEW:
In her new Rocky Mountain Courage series, author Elizabeth Goddard takes readers to the beautiful and scenic state of Montana with a fascinating look into the US Forest Service Special Agents and the world of stolen artifacts and archaeological crimes. Fans of Elizabeth Goddard will enjoy the cameo appearances from some characters featured in her previous Uncommon Justice series.

US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors and her former love, Detective Jack Tanner, find themselves working together on an investigation as a plane crash, a dead body, and archeological artifacts come together in an unusual turn of events. Elizabeth Goddard surprises me once again with who the culprit is, which is always fun when I cannot figure it out myself before the big reveal.

Present Danger is recommended for readers of romantic suspense.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

PAULA'S REVIEW:
Enter the fascinating world of artifact trafficking and find out what kind of danger agents get into while trying to discover the truth.

When Terra Conners went on a Search and Rescue mission, little did she know it would have far reaching consequences. How it would affect her friends and family, not to mention reconnecting with her long ago love, Jack Tanner. As they investigate a murder, everything barrels out of control. What started as a puzzle has turned into a run for their lives.

This was certainly an eye opening, exciting, hold-on-to-your-hats adventure. Terra and Jack cannot help but grow closer as they work together on the case. Terra finds she can rely on God to be strong when she is weak.

See what happens when Terra and Jack are under pressure to get the culprits before time runs out.

Another page turner from a talented author. The next book is sure to be another thrilling story.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
5 stars, medium faith thread.

BackCover Blurb:
Hidden crimes. Open threats. Long-buried secrets.
They'll be fighting for the truth--and their lives.

Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He's committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn--one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he's failed her before.

If he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts.

Revell Publishing, April 6, 2021
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including Present Danger and the Uncommon Justice series. Her books have sold over one million copies. She is a Carol Award winner and a Daphne du Maurier Award finalist. 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. For more information about her books, visit her website at www.ElizabethGoddard.com
 





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