Thursday, March 31, 2022

DRAWN BY THE CURRENT by Jocelyn Green, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney (Windy City Saga #3)

"I think - I think this is how we both escape. You and Addie to your lives, and me from mine."

"Claire wasn't even supposed to be on that ship." But she had been, thanks to her best friend's insistence. Olive Pierce had been shocked to learn the true circumstances surrounding Claire's current living situation, and was convinced that a day away to celebrate a milestone birthday would be just what Claire needed; a happy memory. Instead, a nightmare sent them down into the dark, cold depths of the Chicago River.

Following the horrific capsizing of the SS Eastland, Olive tries to bury the traumatic images circling through her brain by working even harder in her role as an insurance agent for MetLife, aspiring to become a case investigator for the company. Her first-hand experience with the river disaster allows her a modicum of freedom to do just that, however her kind and compassionate heart becomes the motivation to compromise company policy, resulting in a dangerous web of deceit. When an imposing man offers to aid her search for answers, Olive's world is once again turned upside down in a much different way; trusting Erik Magnussen could be the best, or perhaps the worst, decision of her life.

"For years and years, I had been wondering where I belonged. And now - well let's just say I don't wonder that anymore."

Exhibiting beautiful word flow, this story captures one's imagination while painting a realistic framework around a devastating historic event. Readers will instantly bond with the book's inspiring characters, who were not only written in to survive this particular catastrophe, but to surface more alive than ever before. And then there's more. The story serves as a poignant reminder that we are not defined by our "work", each and every one of us is a unique creation with a God-given purpose; to glorify Him, and a God-given promise; to be forever loved.
4.5 stars. I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.


BackCover Blurb: 
Lives depend on the truth she uncovers.
She can't give up her search.

A birthday excursion turns deadly when the SS Eastland capsizes with Olive Pierce and her best friend on board. Hundreds perish during the accident, and it's only when Olive herself barely escapes that she discovers her friend is among the victims.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Olive returns to her work at a Chicago insurance agency and is immersed in the countless investigations related to the accident. But with so many missing, there are few open-and-shut cases, and she tries to balance her grief with the hard work of finding the truth.

While someone sabotages her progress, Olive accepts the help of newspaper photographer Erik Magnussen. As they unravel secrets, the truths they discover impact those closest to Olive. How long will the disaster haunt her--and how can she help the others find the peace they deserve?
Bethany House Publishing, February 1, 2022
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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

I'LL BE SEEING YOU by Robin Lee Hatcher, Reviewed by Kim

I have been reading and loving  Robin Lee Hatcher’s books for years. I’ll Be Seeing You is a dual timeline story that I was so completely invested in that I hated to see it end. It’s full of complex family relationships, romance, mistakes, grief, grace, and redemption. 

I loved Daisy and her life story and how her relationship grew with Brianna, her great granddaughter, in the telling of it. I loved every character and their complexity and their growth throughout the story. I also love how Ms. Hatcher always weaves in faith so beautifully and naturally. 

This is a wonderful story. One that I won’t soon forget. I really need to catch up on Ms. Hatcher’s books that I’ve missed. Highly recommended!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is medium. 

BackCover Blurb:

Generations of secrets unfold as a young college student learns the truth about her great-grandmother’s World War II heartbreak and love. For fans of Francine Rivers and Karen Kingsbury.

Brianna Hastings’s life seems dull and full of disappointment until a handsome young man visits her church. She’s instantly smitten by the charming Greg, who leads an exciting, independent life—the kind of life she longs for. But when a college history assignment forces Brianna to interview her great-grandmother about life during World War II, she can’t believe it when Daisy presses her with questions about Greg’s character. “What sort of man is he? Who is he at his core?”

What could her great-grandmother possibly know about love at first sight?

The questions take both women back to Boise, Idaho, in the early 1940s, when war emphasized how fragile life could be. Daisy and her older sister pine for the same handsome bomber pilot—until one night of terrible judgment reveals their true characters and drives them apart. Trying to protect the people she loves the most, Daisy condemns herself to live a lie.

In the years that follow, as Daisy grapples with the consequences, she receives unexpected grace from a man she’s known her whole life but never looked at twice. Could what she learned about love save Brianna from heartache three generations later?

Thomas Nelson Publishing, June 7, 2022
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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

THE SPARK OF LOVE (Mesquite Springs #3) By Amanda Cabot, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"My instincts tell me something is wrong, but I can't find any evidence."

Gabe Seymour and Alexandra Tarkington arrive in Mesquite Springs, Texas on the same stagecoach, but for distinctly different reasons. Alexandra just managed to cleverly escape a dangerous suitor who was primarily drawn to her vast inheritance, while Gabe's role as a private investigator means that he is on a mission to expose a man who stole fortunes from others. The two travelers formed a friendly bond which continues to grow, especially after Gabe establishes a casual rapport with Alexandra's father, who is building a fine hotel in the growing town, but whose relationship with his own daughter is complicated at best.

Unknown to both of them, two other strangers have arrived in Mesquite Springs with Alexandra in their sights. While Gabe continues his quiet sleuthing, which is unearthing more questions than answers, Alexandra settles into the hospitable community in spite of her father's reluctance for her to remain there. Then seemingly out of nowhere, curious "accidents" befall Alexandra. Will the truth ultimately free Gabe and Alexandra from their pasts, or will the sins of the father cause an irreparable rift between two hearts who are feeling the undeniable "spark of love."

What a sweet story! Full of meaningful life lessons, these characters demonstrate their honest desire to do the right thing, even if at times they go about it the wrong way. Don't we all yearn to be enough, to right wrongs, to love and be loved, to seek justice, to protect those we care about; to use our God-given gifts and abilities in a way that is pleasing to Him? And when we stumble, "let us put aside anger and forgive each other". A thoughtful, delightful and easy-to-read historical romance that concludes our trips to the town of Mesquite Springs, which I, for one, am going to miss!
*I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing. The opinions stated above are entirely my own
BackCover Blurb:
 When a spurned suitor threatens her, heiress Alexandra Tarkington flees New York for Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country, where her father is building a hotel. But the happy reunion she envisions is not to be as her father insists she return to New York. Instead, Alexandra carves out a niche for herself in town, teaching schoolchildren to paint and enjoying the company of Gabe Seymour, a delightful man she met on the stagecoach.

But all is not as it seems. Two men, each with his own agenda, have followed her to Mesquite Springs. And Gabe is an investigator, searching for proof that her father is a swindler. When a series of apparent accidents threaten her life, Alexandra and Gabe will have to work together to discover the truth. And perhaps along the way they will discover that the sparks of attraction they've felt from the beginning are more than sparks--they're love.

Bestselling author Amanda Cabot invites you back to 1850s Texas for this exciting and heartwarming tale of treachery, love, and learning to trust.
Revell Publishing, March, 2022
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Sunday, March 27, 2022

THE ELEMENT OF LOVE (The Lumber Baron's Daughters #1) By Mary Connealy, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Getting to know a man was almost more trouble than it was worth."

However, if all three of the Stiles sisters were going to escape their current circumstances and find a husband, it seemed to follow that they would have to get to know some men. But where? And how? And now!

Worry takes a back seat to providence however when Laura Stiles befriends a traveling parson on his way deep into the mountains of California. Convincing Caleb Tillman to let his mission group grow in numbers, Laura and her two sisters tag along. It soon becomes obvious that Laura's higher education (by golly, she was an explosives expert, her sisters a mechanical engineer and architect . . . after all, they were heiresses to a lumber dynasty) was useless in the poor shanty community of Purgatory, thus exposing one of her many secrets. Unfortunately, the handsome parson had a few secrets of his own. Were they the kind that could "blow up" Laura's chance to gain her inheritance? Time would tell.

So much fun to read, this launch into "The Lumber Baron's Daughters" series will have readers eagerly watching their calendars for the next installment!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, the opinions stated above are entirely my own. 3.5 stars


BackCover Blurb:
She mixed danger, desperation, and deception together. Love was not the expected outcome.

With their sharp engineering minds, Laura Stiles and her two sisters have been able to deal with their mother's unfortunate choice in husband until they discovered his plans to marry each of them off to his lecherous friends. Now they must run away--far and fast--to find better matches to legally claim their portion of their father's lumber dynasty and seize control from their stepfather.

During their escape, Laura befriends a mission group heading to serve the poor in California. She quickly volunteers herself and her sisters to join their efforts. Despite the settlement being in miserable condition, the sisters are excited by the opportunity to put their skills to good use. Laura also sees potential in Caleb, the mission's parson, to help with gaining her inheritance. But when secrets buried in Caleb's past and in the land around them come to light, it'll take all the smarts the sisters have to keep trouble at bay.

Bethany House Publishing, March 1, 2022
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THE LADY'S MINE by Francine Rivers, Reviewed by Kim

I have been wanting to read The Lady’s Mine by Francine Rivers since I heard it was coming out. I have to admit, I was a little nervous because this time period is not my favorite, but I shouldn’t have been because, well, it’s Francine Rivers! Lol. I ended up really enjoying this story and I highly recommend it.

I loved Matthias. He was so charming and the perfect partner for Kathryn. While I have to admit that Kathryn was a bit stubborn at times, I still really liked her because she had such a heart to help people and she stood up for what was right. I loved all of the secondary characters in this story and would love to see one or two get their own story.

Francine Rivers is definitely one of my favorite authors. All of her books are on my keeper shelf. I just wish she’d write faster!
*I bought this book so I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. The faith thread is light. 
BackCover Blurb:
A delightful new western romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love

New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to the California frontier in this sweeping, romantic tale of a displaced New England suffragette, a former Union soldier disinherited by his Southern family, and the town they join forces to save.

1875. When Kathryn Walsh arrives in tiny Calvada, a mining town nestled in the Sierra Nevadas, falling in love is the farthest thing from her mind. Banished from Boston by her wealthy stepfather, she has come to claim an inheritance from the uncle she never knew: a defunct newspaper office on a main street overflowing with brothels and saloons, and a seemingly worthless mine. Moved by the oppression of the local miners and their families, Kathryn decides to relaunch her uncle’s newspaper—and then finds herself in the middle of a maelstrom, pitted against Calvada’s most powerful men. But Kathryn intends to continue to say—and publish—whatever she pleases, especially when she knows she’s right.

Matthias Beck, owner of a local saloon and hotel, has a special interest in the new lady in town. He instantly recognizes C. T. Walsh’s same tenacity in the beautiful and outspoken redhead—and knows all too well how dangerous that family trait can be. While Kathryn may be right about Calvada’s problems, her righteousness could also get her killed. But when the handsome hotelier keeps finding himself on the same side of the issues as the opinionated Miss Walsh, Matthias’s restless search for purpose becomes all about answering the call of his heart.

Everyone may be looking to strike it rich in this lawless boomtown, but it’s a love more precious than gold that will ultimately save them all.

Tyndale House Publishing, March, 2022
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Saturday, March 26, 2022

TRUST ME by Kelly Irvin, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

 "What had possessed her to let her brother's convicted killer spend the night in her house?"

It was Hunter, that's why. . . the one she had thought would not only fill her dreams, but her future as well. Until, he didn't. Now, after serving prison time for a crime Hunter still insisted that he did not commit, Delaney Broward has cracked open the door of possibility, only to have it slammed shut when her best friend is murdered in much the same way as her brother had been, all those years ago.

Hunter wants to prove himself trustworthy, Delaney just wants the nightmare to end. Was it crazy to join him in pursuit of the truth? "Sometimes a person had to dig for it, through layers of friendship, grief, sweet memories, and the sheer desire to slough off anything that would hurt. To the aching, bruising, incontrovertible truth."

Readers who enjoy palpable hints of romance amidst sensational, instinctive plotting will absolutely . . . positively . . . inhale this story from beginning to end. Without a doubt, it is this author's best launch into romantic suspense, while maintaining meaningful doses of inspiration. 

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


BackCover Review:
Her best friend is murdered the same way her brother was years ago. Is there anyone she can possibly trust?

A decade ago, Delaney Broward discovered her brother’s murdered body at the San Antonio art co-op he founded with friends. Her artist boyfriend, Hunter Nash, went to prison for the murder, despite his not-guilty plea.

This morning, Hunter walks out of prison a free man, having served his sentence.

This afternoon, Delaney finds her best friend dead, murdered in the same fashion as her brother.

Stay out of it or you’re next, the killer warns.

Hunter never stopped loving Delaney, though he can’t blame her for not forgiving her. He knows he’ll get his life back one day at a time, one step at a time. But he’s blindsided to realize he’s a murder suspect. Again.

When Hunter shows up on her doorstep asking her to help him find the real killer, Delaney’s head says to run away, yet her heart tells her there’s more to his story than what came out in the trial. An uneasy truce leads to their probe into a dark past that shatters Delaney’s image of her brother. She can’t stop and neither can Hunter—which lands them both in the crosshairs of a murderer growing more desperate by the hour.

In this gripping romantic suspense, Kelly Irvin plumbs the complexity of broken trust in the people we love—and in God—and whether either can be mended.

Thomas Nelson Publishing, February, 2022
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Thursday, March 24, 2022

THE LETTER KEEPER by Charles Martin, Reviewed by Kim

My friend, who introduced me to Charles Martin, told me that he might make you wonder where he is going in his stories, but you can trust him, and it’s always worthwhile! She is so right!

I won’t say too much about what happens in this story because it’s the second in this series and most of it would be a spoiler, so I’ll just say that I am loving this series and these characters, their growth, and their deepening relationships. And I seriously love Murphy and Bones and all they stand for.

Writing about human trafficking is hard, I’m sure, but I so appreciate authors like Charles Martin and Ronie Kendig who are bringing this sensitive subject matter to our attention through fiction. These things happen in real life and sadly, we like to act as if they don’t. I pray that there are real life Murphys and Bones out there.

I highly suggest reading The Water Keeper first because that story introduces us to all of the characters. I can’t wait to read The Record Keeper which comes out in July.

*I purchased this book and was under no obligations to provide a review. 

See Kim's review of The Water Keeper 


Combining heart-wrenching emotion with edge-of-your-seat tension, New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin explores the true power of sacrificial love.

Murphy Shepherd has made a career of finding those no one else could—survivors of human trafficking. His life’s mission is helping others find freedom . . . but then the nightmare strikes too close to home.

When his new wife, her daughter, and two other teenage girls are stolen, Murphy is left questioning all he has thought to be true. With more dead ends than leads, he has no idea how to find his loved ones. After everything is stripped away, love is what remains.

Hope feels lost, but Murphy is willing to expend his last breath trying to bring them home.

Thomas Nelson Publishing, June 2021 

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

DRIVING FORCE by Lynette Eason and Kate Angelo, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Wow, what a nail biter! My kind of suspense.

Former sniper, Christina, has become a bodyguard for the Elite Guardians Agency. She is bright and capable but mostly keeps to herself. Grey is a disabled veteran who is a dog handler with a special working dog, Boss, who is his best friend. Boss is so special that he is the one who needs protection.

A mention is made of Fort Leonard Wood which is very close to where I live, so that was interesting.

This is an accomplished book with more than a little excitement and intrigue. The bad guys are well-drawn and the good guys are just flawed enough to make them interesting and able to grow in their faith. “The word Christ jumped off the page and hit her square in the heart, confirming why she was here. God was her rock, the one who trained her hands for war and her fingers for battle.”

This is a great story to continue the Elite Guardian series. I liked reconnecting with characters from the series. I cannot wait for the next one.
* A complimentary ebook copy was provided by Sunrise Publishers through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a strong faith thread.

BackCover Blurb:

He’s the last client she wants to protect…

Elite Guardians bodyguard/former sniper CHRISTINA SHERMAN has protected uncooperative clients before—but this time, well her client is bossy, headstrong and occasionally eats off the floor. Yes, he’s a highly trained military working dog, but certainly her skills could be put to better use, right?

Not according to former Special Forces Air Commando GREY PARKER. He needs her help to protect his dog while he undergoes an experimental surgery that could restore his ability to walk. He just needs someone to keep his canine partner safe. Most of all, Grey wants back on his feet so he can track down a deranged scientist known as The Scavenger who unleashed a nerve agent that left Grey sidelined in a wheelchair.

When an attempt is made on Grey’s life, and dead bodies begin piling up—with evidence the same toxin is responsible—suddenly Christina is tasked with keeping both dog and soldier alive…and with them, the secrets that could stop a terrorist attack.

But this time, even Christina might be in over her head.

Dive into the exciting ignition to the Elite Guardians Collection.

Want more Elite Guardians?

Elite Guardians Collection
Book 1: Driving Force
Book 2: Impending Strike
Book 3: Defending Honor

Sunrise Publishing, March 22, 2022

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TOUCH OF INNOCENCE by Robin Patchen, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"You don't understand. I loved her, and I failed. . . . . My love was useless."

Living a quiet solitary life had been Grace Mullen's goal until a little girl who desperately needs her help comes knocking on her back door. Protective instincts kicking in, Grace makes a split second decision; she whisks Lily away from the worst kind of exploitation and goes on the run. But how long will it take for him to find them?

Andrew Middleton has been tasked by two of his friends to keep an eye out on behalf of his new tenant. The lovely blond and her little girl aren't particularly friendly, but then again they are new to Coventry and have barely gotten settled. The more Andrew is around Grace, the more curious he becomes, and the more attraction he begins to feel. . . . except there remains an undefinable undercurrent of reticence; is Grace intentionally holding back or is the truth something she cannot reveal?

Readers will find great value in this story, for it centers around an undeniable truth . . . only God's love can save.
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars
BackCover Blurb: 
How can she save the little girl next door from being exploited if nobody believes her?

Grace used to try to save people, but that was before she realized how powerless she is. Now, she avoids emotional ties, working from her secluded cabin, content with her aloneness. When eight-year-old Lily starts hanging around, Grace enjoys her company but carefully keeps her distance—until she discovers the girl is being exploited. Little though she wants to, she must get involved, even if it means risking her own safety to secure Lily’s.

Andrew can’t help but be drawn to his new neighbor and her beautiful foster child. When he learns about Lily’s disturbing history, he offers to help Grace prove her suspicions about the girl’s father. But the more they learn, the more puzzling Lily’s history seems. They work together to unravel the mystery, determined to ensure Lily ends up with a family who loves her.

But Lily’s father isn’t giving up his muse—or his obsession—that easily. He believes Lily is rightfully his, and he’ll do anything to get her back.

Don't miss this thrilling page-turner, the latest in the addictive Coventry Saga.

Published: January, 2022
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Sunday, March 20, 2022

IN SEARCH OF A PRINCE by Toni Shiloh, Reviewed by Rebecca and Paula

"You are Brielle Eden Adebayo, daughter of Prince Naade Tayo Adebayo, and heir to the throne of Oloro Ile."

She's who??? To say that Brielle Adebayo is stunned to learn of her true heritage is a massive understatement; even more shocking is the fact that her mother kept something this monumental a secret for so many years. Brielle woke up one morning as an ordinary middle school teacher and finished her day as the princess of an entire African kingdom. Who does that? It appears that Brielle and her best friend Iris have a road trip on their horizon . . . or in actuality, an international flight.

Meeting her grandfather for the first time, Brielle is both humbled and saddened; sad because the king's health is failing so quickly, and humbled because his fragility puts Brielle in the precarious position of fast tracking her decision on whether or not to accept or reject the throne. Would the royal council even consider approving an American woman who does not even speak their language yet or know anything about their culture? And then . . . there is the matter of an historic edit requiring Brielle to marry before assuming the thrown. God help her!

Admittedly, the story seemed so much like a modern day fairy tale that eventually I realized that of course, it was. Thankfully a mighty river of rich spiritual depth flows underneath the "boy meets girl", and the "happily ever after" elements of this entertaining novel. Every decision is preceded by prayer and each person is treated with kindness and respect even when it was hard. And mistakes? Not easily forgotten, but genuinely forgiven. And friendship? What a gift.

Drum roll please . . . then along comes a most unexpected blessing, just who a princess-want-to-be needs, but not necessarily what the traditional royals deem appropriate. However, there is this, " . . . I do believe I love you more than ice cream".
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 3.5 stars
Every little girl dreams of being a princess. But Brielle Bayo cannot believe it is really her! With much to learn and many decisions to make, including picking a prince to marry, Bri puts her trust in God to lead her. “As long as you keep Him in the forefront, He will reveal His Will. Then you will be able to face anything that comes your way.”

Ms. Shiloh has brought the fictional Oloro Ile to life in this stunning novel. She has conjured a beautiful island off the coast of Africa as a totally believable place. I could almost see the sights and smell the market of spices and the flowers in the garden. The characters are fleshed out with a swoony hero, a supportive best friend and a heroine who is both beautiful and capable of meeting the demands set before her.

The author addresses the issues of faith, family, class and women in power or in business in a natural and satisfying way, as obstacles are put in Bri’s way.

I am looking forward to going back to this enchanting small kingdom to see what happens to best friend Iris.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and BPH Open Book. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
5 stars and a solid faith thread 




BackCover Blurb:
It seems like a dream come true . . . until it forces her to question everything.

Brielle Adebayo is fully content teaching at a New York City public school and taking annual summer vacations with her mother to Martha's Vineyard. But everything changes when her mom drops a bombshell--Brielle is really a princess in the island kingdom of Ọlọrọ Ilé, off the coast of Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, the king, is failing.

Distraught by all the secrets her mother kept, Brielle is further left spinning when the Ọlọrọ Ilé Royal Council brings up an old edict that states she must marry before her coronation, or the crown will pass to another. Brielle is uncertain if she even wants the throne, and with her world totally shaken, where will she find the courage to take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring?
Bethany House Publishers, February, 2022 
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Friday, March 18, 2022

HER COUNTRY GENTLEMAN Collection, Authors: Sian Ann Bessey, Sarah M. Eden, & Rebecca Connolly, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas @AustenprosePR Tour

Authors: Sian Ann Bessey, Sarah M. Eden, & Rebecca Connolly

When three of my favorite historical fiction authors combine their talents in a Georgian novella collection, I have to read it. It’s even better when the stories are set in the countryside of England and Scotland. Her Country Gentleman features authors Sian Ann Bessey, Sarah M. Eden, and Rebecca Connolly, and their stories were all charming and delightful. Being novellas, the tales were condensed, and I confess I found myself wanting to prolong the storyline at times, but they were just the right length for a satisfying nightly read.

Each of these talented authors has penned a captivating story with engaging, likable characters and an entertaining plot. I liked that the characters were able to look past class distinctions and enjoy the company of others they might not otherwise meet and associate with. This is a clean wholesome compilation which I recommend to those who enjoy historical romance.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Her Country Gentleman is the first book in the Timeless Georgian Collection, a new anthology series from Mirror Press. The book features three novellas from bestselling historical romance authors whose stories reveal that not all love is found in London.

“Spring at Tribbley Hall,” by Sian Ann Bessey
When Charlotte's grandmother invites her to accompany her to Norfolk, Charlotte jumps at the chance to visit the sea and escape the fuss surrounding her sister's wedding preparations in London. Lord William Cheston, on the other hand, is most unhappy when his mother informs him that her old friend and a granddaughter are coming to stay. Not only is it lambing season, but he's also dealing with the mysterious loss of several sheep. The last thing he needs is a child underfoot. When Charlotte and William first meet, he does not realize that the lovely young lady is the granddaughter in question, and she assumes that the man dressed in work clothes in the barn is a servant. Soon afterward, however, Charlotte stumbles upon a clue to William's sheep's disappearance, and when her life is placed in jeopardy, William is forced to choose between saving his unwanted houseguest and catching the thief.

“Love of My Heart,” by Sarah M. Eden
Cordelia Wakefield has never lived anywhere but London and is not overly happy when her family is forced to retrench to a small estate near Teviotbrae, Scotland. An ill-fated game of battledore and shuttlecock brings her face-to-racquet with Sebastian, who runs the home farm at nearby Teviot Castle. What begins as a clash of personalities, expectations, and preferences, soon leads to a friendship neither had expected. As the magic of Teviotbrae weaves its spell, the possibility of something more than friendship begins to blossom. But what future is there for a lowly farmer and a London lady?

“Miss Smith Goes to Wiltshire,” by Rebecca Connolly
Martha Smith wants to marry for love and will not be persuaded otherwise. She is highly sought after in Society for her beauty and status but refuses to consider any suitor whose only claim is that his prospects meet with her mother's approval. Her widowed mother has had enough of Martha's romantic sensibilities and is sending her to stay with unfortunate cousins in Wiltshire to show her that marrying for love is a risk that is too great. Benjamin Steele, Lord Hillier, is working on his new and dilapidated estate when he first catches sight of the striking Martha Smith. Becoming Lord Hillier has only brought him a house that needs significant repairs, tenant farms that had been abandoned, and only the money he'd already possessed. He wants meaning in his life, and he's more than willing to work for it. Though worlds apart in all else, on this point they can agree: a life of meaning would change everything.

The Timeless Georgian Collection is a new series featuring novellas set in England during the Georgian era (1714 – 1830). It is part of A Timeless Romance Anthology series published by Mirror Press — a curated collection of novellas and short stories featuring bestselling authors from the contemporary and historical romance genres. The collection has hit the USA TODAY bestselling list and charted at #1 at Learn more about the series and other anthologies published by Mirror Press at their website.



Sian Ann Bessey

Born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales, Sian left her homeland to attend university in the U.S. and earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in English.

She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then, she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children's books. She is a USA Today bestselling author, a Foreward Reviews Book of the Year finalist, and a Whitney Award finalist.

She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she's home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.

Sarah M. Eden

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today bestselling author of multiple historical romances, including AML's "2013 Novel of the Year" and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, and the Whitney Award's "2014 Novel of the Year," Longing for Home: Hope Springs.

Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.

Rebecca Connolly

Rebecca Connolly is the author of more than two dozen novels. She calls herself a Midwest girl, having lived in Ohio and Indiana. She's always been a bookworm, and her grandma would send her books almost every month so she would never run out. Book Fairs were her carnival, and libraries are her happy place.

She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She received a master's degree from West Virginia University, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

THE LADY OF GALWAY MANOR by Jennifer Diebel, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"She never dreamed Galway would be so endearing and exciting. A city teeming with music, architecture, and art - the very last thing she'd expected."

Expecting to live in a very rough, indigent environment when her family moved to Ireland, Lady Annabeth De Lacy found herself enchanted instead. Yes, it was different from her native England, and a lot less refined, but curiously pleasant nonetheless. After her father was granted the lordship of Galway Parish, her family's move to Galway Manor had raised questions about what Annabeth could do with her time away from polite society. Allowed to indulge her artistic tendencies by apprenticing with the local jewelers whose ancestors had originally crafted the famed Claddagh rings, Anna found herself feeling at home with the aging Seamus Jennings and his handsome son Stephen. If only . . . but for the sake of her family's future, Anna had been promised to another.

To what extent would Anna and Stephen have to adjust their dreams?

"In the few short months she'd been in his life, Annabeth De Lacy had been one of the clearest examples of God's love Stephen had ever encountered, aside from his father. All these years, he believed those professing to be in love were blind. It turned out, it was he who was visionless."

Enjoy this lovely look at what sacrificial love really means.
*I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.  3.5 stars


BackCover Blurb:
 In 1920, Annabeth De Lacy's father is appointed landlord of Galway Parish in Ireland. Bored without all the trappings of the British Court, Annabeth convinces her father to arrange an apprenticeship for her with the Jennings family--descendants of the creator of the famed Claddagh Ring.

Stephen Jennings longs to do anything other than run his family's jewelry shop. Having had his heart broken, he no longer believes in love and is weary of peddling the "lies" the Claddagh Ring promises.

Meanwhile, as the war for Irish independence gains strength, many locals resent the De Lacys and decide to take things into their own hands to display their displeasure. As events take a dangerous turn for Annabeth and her family, she and Stephen begin to see that perhaps the "other side" isn't quite as barbaric and uncultured as they'd been led to believe--and that the bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty are only made stronger when put through the refiner's fire.

Travel to the Emerald Isle for another poignant and romantic story from the enchanted pen of Jennifer Deibel.
Revell Publishing, February, 2022
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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

MALICIOUS INTENT by Lynn Blackburn, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

It’s no secret that I love reading about suspense that includes the alphabet agencies. Ms Blackburn is very adept at writing some of the best suspense out there. I’m glad we get to see characters from her previous books. This adds to the atmosphere of camaraderie and brings a layer of expertise into the picture.

Ivy and Gil have a long history broken by a painful experience and 15 years of distance. Scary circumstances bring them together again but can past hurts be healed?

This story had an intriguing and unique premise and enough people with questionable backgrounds to keep you guessing at who was behind the threat. The danger was palpable on every page. “Her week had been surreal. She’d been dropped right into a Salvador Dali painting, where everything she knew was still there but distorted in new and mostly disturbing ways.”

I liked the way that God was never far from Ivy or the agents helping her. “Lord, I don’t know what to do, so my eyes are on you.” After all, part of the reason they are the good guys is that they can call on God to sustain them in their risky jobs.

I thoroughly enjoyed this absorbing, suspenseful tale. I am glad there is more to come in the Defend and Protect series.
* A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revell through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a solid faith thread 

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BackCover Blurb:
Dr. Ivy Collins, founder and CEO of Hedera, Inc., is ready to begin clinical trials of her company's cutting-edge prosthetic. Her work has been heralded by government, medical, and advocacy groups and everyone hopes the device will be a success. Well, almost everyone. Someone is trying to sabotage Hedera and the launch, but to what purpose--and how far will they go to get what they want?

Meanwhile, U.S. Secret Service Agent Gil Dixon can't believe he's finally been reunited with Ivy, his childhood best friend. Now that he's found her again, Gil intends to spend the rest of his life with her. But it will take all his skill to uncover the truth in time to save Ivy's life's work, her own life, and the innocent lives caught in the crossfire.

Perfectly balancing chilling suspense and uplifting romance, award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn delivers a story of revenge, greed, and overcoming that you won't want to put down no matter how late it gets.

Revell Publishing, March 1, 2022
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Monday, March 14, 2022

EVERY WORD UNSAID by Kimberley Duffy, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"In the chasing of something significant, you might very well miss the fact that you already are."

Trotting around the country using her camera as a shield, Augusta Travers takes eye-catching photos from places that every woman might long to travel, but cannot, due to the restraints of hearth and home. Under the name "Miss Adventurous", she contributes her work to "Lady's Weekly", making the circular wildly popular. . . until word leaks out among society elites about who the photographer really is, causing quite the scandal and sending Augusta packing once again. This time her editor's assignment sends Augusta far across the globe to India, ensuring a comfortable distance between her constantly disapproving family, and drawing her closer towards two of her dearest childhood friends. Dare she surprise them with her arrival?

"Gentle reader, I am about to step out on my own rope - one that stretches from America's golden shores across the wild waters. I cannot tell you now where I am going, but I promise I will be brave. And my adventures will be anything but ordinary."

Ironically, it is Augusta who is surprised. Arriving in Poona, she finds Catherine(now the widowed Mrs. John Archer) and "Specs", (now the esteemed Dr. Gabriel MacLean) much changed, and displaying mixed emotions about her sudden appearance; Catherine is thrilled while Gabriel displays panic, for the city is barely recovering from the bubonic plague and he fears for Augusta's health and well being. However, her physical safety might be the least of her worries, for it is her heart that began turning somersaults the minute she laid eyes upon the very grown-up version of Gabriel MacLean.

Had Augusta finally discovered a place where she could find rest for her soul? Could she acknowledge that her true worth would never be determined by affirmation of others, but was, and always had been, deeply rooted in the fact that she was fearfully and wonderfully made by One who would call her beloved for all of eternity; "adopted by a perfect Father." Or would she always be "prone to wander" in spite of dear, dear Specs declaring, "I do not think I will give up on you just yet . . ."

In the beginning this lovely story meandered, much like its main character, before comfortably settling in to its true purpose; finding purpose. " . . . I set off for India. And I discovered that everything I had thought important . . . isn't."
*I purchased a copy and I was under no obligation to provide a positive review.

BackCover Blurb: 
Augusta Travers has spent the last three years avoiding the stifling expectations of New York society and her family's constant disappointment. As the nation's most fearless--and reviled--columnist, Gussie travels the country with her Kodak camera and spins stories for women unable to leave hearth and home. But when her adventurous nature lands her in the middle of a scandal, an opportunity to leave America offers the perfect escape.

Arriving in India, she expects only a nice visit with childhood friends, siblings Catherine and Gabriel, and escapades that will further her career. Instead, she finds herself facing a plague epidemic, confusion over Gabriel's sudden appeal, and the realization that what she wants from life is changing. But slowing down means facing all the hurts of her past that she's long been trying to outrun. And that may be an undertaking too great even for her. 
Bethany House Publishing, November, 2021
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
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