Friday, May 20, 2022

AMISH FRIENDS FOUR SEASONS COOKBOOK by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Great book!

I love the format of this cookbook. It is spiral bound and has a lot of colorful pictures of the recipes. It is organized by seasons both by what is available by seasons and what tastes good by seasons.

Other great features are scripture passages sprinkled throughout and cooking and household tips.

The recipes are often short with readily available ingredients. There is a wide variety of recipes from breakfast through dessert.

“Any housewife, no matter how large her family, can always get some time alone by doing the dishes.” Martha Miller, Decatur, IN

There is something for everyone!

This is definitely a book that I will use frequently.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishers. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a strong faith thread

BackCover Blurb:
Fresh Recipes for Each Season of the Year. Do you strive to eat what local, fresh, and in season? Then this is the cookbook for you. Organized by the winter, spring, summer, and fall seasons, there are a bounty of recipes for various ways to use up seasonal fruits and vegetables. Sprinkled with tips for growing and harvesting, too, the well-organized book boasts contributions from Amish and Mennonites from across the United States who are fans of author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter. Encased in a lay-flat binding and presented in full color, it is a must-have cookbook for anyone who gardens, participates in a CSA, or enjoys farmers

Sprial bound book from Barbour Publishing, April 2022
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Thursday, May 19, 2022

FATAL CODE by Natalie Walters, Reviewed by Kim

Fatal Code is the second story in the SNAP Agency series by Natalie Walters. I was so excited to hear that Kekoa was getting his own story because I have loved him since the second he appeared on the page!

Kekoa’s story was everything I had hoped it would be. I loved delving into his past and the message of forgiveness and letting go of things we are not meant to carry that came out of it. This story has pops of humor that kept me laughing, a slow build realistic romance (Elinor is perfect for Kekoa!), great team dynamics, and perfect pacing leading up to an action filled end.

I really love this team and their camaraderie, which just gets better with each story. And, after reading Fatal Code, I am seriously needing Garcia and Lyla’s story! I cannot wait.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is light. 

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BackCover Blurb:
In 1964, a group of scientists called the Los Alamos Five came close to finishing a nuclear energy project for the United States government when they were abruptly disbanded. Now the granddaughter of one of those five scientists, aerospace engineer Elinor Mitchell, discovers that she has highly sensitive information on the project in her possession--and a target on her back.

SNAP agent and former Navy cryptologist Kekoa Young is tasked with monitoring Elinor. This is both convenient since she's his neighbor in Washington, DC, and decidedly inconvenient because . . . well, he kind of likes her.

As Elinor follows the clues her grandfather left behind to a top-secret nuclear project, Kekoa has no choice but to step in. When Elinor learns he has been spying on her, she's crushed. But with danger closing in on all sides, she'll have to trust him to ensure her discoveries stay out of enemy hands.

Natalie Walters sucks you into the global race for space domination in this perfectly paced second installment of her SNAP Agency romantic suspense series.

Revell Publishing, May 3, 2022
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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

WHEN THE MEADOW BLOOMS by Ann H. Gabhart, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

From the beautiful cover to the last page when the characters sing the Doxology, When the Meadow Blooms is a grand story that encompasses many emotions.
 
Hardship and sorrow seem to follow Rose and her daughters, Calla and Sienna as Rose battles TB and the girls endure time in an orphanage. The past haunts Dirk Meadows when he cannot get over the grief of losing family members and his first, young love. In addition, he was badly burned in a barn fire. But when Rose, the girls and Dirk meet again, healing and hope slowly take over. God comforts Rose through the words of Romans 8. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor power, nor thing present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God.” This is one of my very favorite verses and I am glad Ms. Gabhart chose it to illustrate the faith that Rose clung to.
I like that the meadow on the farm played a part in the book. It was a favorite place for young Sienna, who loved nature and animals. It was something she looked forward to when she was waiting in the orphanage. It personified hope and new birth. A family Bible, likewise, was instrumental in bringing lost souls home.
Reading a book by Ann Gabhart is like sitting with an old and trusted friend and sharing comforting words of faith.

* 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 and a strong faith thread 

BackCover Blurb:
If any place on God's earth was designed to help one heal, it is Meadowland. Surely here, at her brother-in-law's Kentucky farm, Rose and her daughters can recover from the events of the recent past--the loss of her husband during the 1918 influenza epidemic, her struggle with tuberculosis that required a stay at a sanatorium, and her girls' experience in an orphanage during her illness. At Meadowland, hope blooms as their past troubles become rich soil in which their faith can grow.

Dirk Meadows may have opened his home to his late brother's widow and her girls, but he keeps his heart tightly closed. The roots of his pain run deep, and the evidence of it is written across his face. Badly scarred by a fire and abandoned by the woman he loved, Dirk fiercely guards his heart from being hurt again. But it may be that his visitors will bring light back into his world and unlock the secret to true healing.

Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart explores the tender places within the human heart in this character-driven story of trusting God to turn our burdens into something beautiful.
 
Revell Publishing, May 2022
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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

THE CATCH by Lisa Harris, Reviewed by Kim and Rebecca

KIM'S REVIEW:
I have really enjoyed each book in the US Marshals series by Lisa Harris. While each story is complete on its own, the relationship between Jonas and Madison develops throughout the series and there’s one mystery thread that also plays a part in each story and wraps up in The Catch.

I enjoyed all the twists and turns in this story! There was one twist I totally didn’t see coming. It was so surprising and suspenseful. While there isn’t much romance in this series, I did enjoy Jonas and Madison’s relationship and how it developed throughout each story.

The Catch is the third and final book in the US Marshal series. Even though there is the mystery thread that starts in book one and is solved in this story, I think that you could easily read read The Catch as a standalone as Ms. Harris does a good job of summarizing what has happened up to this point. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for the next story Lisa Harris writes!
*I purchased and received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is light.

REBECCA'S REVIEW:
"Four months ago Madison had been shot in her own home. He'd found her lying on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood . . . But the most puzzling part of her injuries had the been the partial amnesia. . . she still didn't know who had pulled that trigger."

Now U. S. Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are tasked with finding the killer of another woman shot in her own home; a local judge's wife . . . except when confronted with video evidence of who had been in his home, Judge Saylor insists that his young mistress could never have pulled the trigger. But case gets even more curious; not only has Becca Lambert gone on the run, but the woman tasked with baby-sitting her newborn son is missing . . . along with the infant.

Being thrown into a new case wasn't exactly how Madison and Jonas had expected to be re-united after Jonas' lengthy absence. They had missed each other during the weeks Jonas underwent rigorous training for a Special Operations Group, and yet Madison was still struggling with the same underlying circumstances; until she solved her husband's murder, she wasn't willing to put someone else that she loved (yes, loved) in the cross-hairs of a killer . . . and Madison knew without a shadow of doubt that she was being watched.

"I'm learning there is a point where I have to simply let go and let God take over . . . I'm tired of living as if I died that day as well."

Nearly entirely plot driven, this series conclusion oozes with multiple layers and endless amounts of surprising connections . . . giving the reader, as well as the characters . . . plenty of reasons to "catch up" to the truth.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
3.5 stars

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BackCover Blurb:
After a harrowing attempt on a judge's life at the courthouse, Deputy US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are tasked with finding a missing woman and an endangered child in connection to the murder of the judge's wife. What seems like a fairly straightforward case becomes hopelessly tangled when the marshals discover that the woman they are searching for is not who they think she is.

Madison and Jonas are forced into a race to find the woman and the child before the men who want her dead discover her location. And in a final showdown that could cost her everything, Madison will come face-to-face with the person who murdered her husband.

USA Today bestselling author Lisa Harris concludes her thrilling
US Marshals series with this breathless tale of secrets kept, lies exposed, and ultimately, justice prevailing.
 
Revell Publishing, April, 2022
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Monday, May 16, 2022

AN UNFAMILIAR DUKE by Sian Ann Bessey, Reviewed by Winnie and Paula #ReleaseDay

WINNIE'S REVIEW:
Sian Ann Bessey has quickly become one of my favorite authors for historical romance. Not only is her writing beautifully crafted and impeccably researched, but her settings are richly painted, and she is a master at creating multi-layered, colorful, and engaging characters.

I adored getting to know the characters in this book. Rosalind Ainsworth is a plucky young lady who is committed to an arranged marriage with Sebastian Lumley, Duke of Kelbrook, a person she has despised since she met him when she was eleven years old. Sebastian is a somewhat distractible hero who enjoys helping others with their inventions but gets so involved in his work that he forgets about time. I enjoyed the interaction between these two characters as they got to know one another. When Sebastian’s secretive work becomes dangerous, can they work together to protect it and themselves?

An Unfamiliar Duke is Book 4 in Bessey’s Georgian Gentlemen series, and it is packed with adventure, atmosphere, and intrigue, with a big dash of romance. Although it is part of a series, it is a stand alone book. I’m looking forward to more books from this talented author.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Covenant Communications through Interviews and Reviews. All opinions are my own.

PAULA'S REVIEW:
A new-to-me author that I am glad I found. This time period, Georgian England, is a bit different than my usual read, but none the less it was very enjoyable.

Childhood neighbors, Sebastian and Rosalind, are betrothed by their fathers. After ten years, they meet again just weeks before the appointed wedding. What they remember from their youth changes with the reality they are confronted with.

They wed and then get to know each other. Sebastian is not the typical Duke. He takes his responsibilities seriously. He is more interested in inventions and keeping his workshop locked than being seen in society. While somewhat of a recluse, he is very concerned with his staff and his tenants. Rosalind is not the society diva that her husband suspects but is warmhearted and likewise concerned with all classes of people.

The author brings her characters to life with the flavor of the era. She adds a dash of suspense and danger and wraps it up in a blossoming romance between a married couple!

I would classify this as a clean read.
*I won this book from the author in a Facebook contest. All opinions are my own.*
Four stars

BackCover Blurb:
At eleven years of age, Rosalind Ainsworth was convinced that Sebastian Lumley, the future Duke of Kelbrook, was the most odious young man she’d ever met. And ten years later, after having had no contact with the nobleman in the intervening time, her opinion of him has not changed. Unfortunately, neither has the marriage contract their fathers signed soon after her birth.

As Rosalind’s twenty-first birthday and the appointed wedding day approaches, Sebastian makes a rare appearance in London. His first meeting with Rosalind since childhood goes less than perfectly, but Sebastian has a compelling reason for honoring their marriage contract—a reason outlined in a document kept behind his workshop’s locked door.

After a quick wedding, the new couple relocates to Finley Park, where their acquaintanceship slowly blossoms into affection. But when Sebastian’s secretive work threatens their fledgling relationship and Rosalind’s life is placed in jeopardy, Sebastian finds himself forced to choose between the man he has pledged to help and the woman he has come to love. 

Covenant Communications, May 16, 2021
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Thursday, May 12, 2022

COUNTERFEIT LOVE By Crystal Caudill, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"When death haunts you, the nightmares become real, and you feel there is no escape, God is with you. . . Don't abandon hope. Even if our lives aren't like we planned."

Not like we planned? . . . the understatement of Theresa Planer's young life. Who would choose tripping through a graveyard in the dead of night only to meet up with some despicable characters, on the off chance such a rendezvous could grant her a better life? Even the heavy ring on her finger was a symbol of second choices, her first choice having abandoned her, much like God Himself had seemed to do after her near-death experience. But that was then, and this was now . . . and now was not turning out to be much better.

Undercover Secret Service Agent Broderick Cosgrove had finally managed to infiltrate a dangerous Cincinnati counterfeiting ring. When the woman he had once planned to marry, six years prior, turns up at a reconnaissance mission gone bad, Broderick is almost certain that her grandfather is involved, but the confounding woman appears to be up to her pretty neck in the business as well, but . . . "had the woman he loved become one of the criminals he hunted?".

What a stunner of a debut! With its questionable characters and frustrating heroes, one must trust no one and everyone at the same time. Much of the action is spent running in circles leaving Theresa at the mercy of those who want to help her; granting her no option but to help herself . . . right back into the trouble she was in, in the first place. And the romance . . . heaven help us; it's obvious that years apart hasn't dulled the attraction between these two.

Yet, it's the faith elements that steady this story from beginning to end. For, "ye shall not need to fight in this battle; set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you." - 2 Chronicles 20:17
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 4.5 stars

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BackCover Blurb:

Can this undercover agent save the woman he loves--or is her heart as counterfeit as the money he's been sent to track down?

After all that Grandfather has sacrificed to raise her, Theresa Plane owes it to him to save the family name--and that means clearing their debt with creditors before she marries Edward Greystone. But when one of the creditors' threats leads her to stumble across a midnight meeting, she discovers that the money he owes isn't all Grandfather was hiding. And the secrets he kept have now trapped Theresa in a life-threatening fight for her home--and the truth.

After months of undercover work, Secret Service operative Broderick Cosgrove is finally about to uncover the identity of the leader of a notorious counterfeiting ring. That moment of triumph turns to horror, however, when he finds undeniable proof that his former fiancée is connected. Can he really believe the woman he loved is a willing participant? Protecting Theresa and proving her innocence may destroy his career--but that's better than failing her twice in one lifetime.

They must form a partnership, tentative though it is. But there's no question they're both still keeping secrets--and that lack of trust, along with the dangerous criminals out for their blood, threatens their hearts, their faith, and their very survival.

Combining rich history, danger, suspense, and romance, Crystal Caudill's debut novel launches this new historical series with a bang. Fans of Elizabeth Camden, Michelle Griep, and Joanna Davidson Politano will be thrilled to find another author to follow!
Kregel Publishing, March 15, 2022
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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

TO TAME A COWBOY by Jody Hedlund, Reviewed by Paula and Winnie #NewRelease


PAULA'S REVIEW:
“Wounds might shape us, but they can’t determine who we are”

“He’d sensed God’s redemption at work inside little by little, taking his scars and hurts.”

Welcome to Brody McQuaid’s story. He is still haunted by nightmares of battle and Andersonville during the Civil War. Brody has a soft spot for animals and especially his young niece. Ms. Hedlund shows that a strong man, who is brought low by memories, can overcome with faith in God. She also shows how people are human and are tempted but that they do not have to give in to their desires. The author portrays a confused heroine who wants to please her parents but seeks to be a veterinarian. Savannah escapes from a loveless union and ends up on the ranch that the McQuaids own.

Danger in a snowstorm threatens, and other men appear to have ulterior motives. Ms. Hedlund crafts characters with grit, determination, faith and a love of family.

I am anxious to read the story of Ivy in the final book in the series.
*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. *4 stars and a strong faith thread.

WINNIE'S REVIEW:
When I pick up a Jody Hedlund book, I know I’m going to be in for a great read. She is a master at creating colorful, multi-layered characters, putting them in interesting situations and settings that shape and mold them, and then bringing them out the other side changed and stronger. To Tame a Cowboy features broken and defeated Brody McQuaid, wounded and imprisoned in the Civil War, and now still suffering mentally and emotionally from his experience. When veterinarian Savannah Marshall decides she can’t marry the man her father has chosen for her, she escapes to the ranch where Brody is staying with his brother’s family.

“Wounds might shape us, but they can’t determine who we are.”

I enjoyed seeing the interaction between Brody and Savannah and the way their relationship changed. Brody’s tenderness with his niece and with horses was heart-warming and showed his inner compassion and kindness.

“. . . sometimes loving people meant letting them go through their difficulties instead of providing a way for them to escape.”

With lots of adventure, action, intrigue, romance, and a sprinkle of inspiration, this book is a fantastic addition to Hedlund’s Colorado Cowboys series and my favorite so far. I love a good redemption and healing story, and this one definitely qualifies. 4.5 stars 
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.
 

BackCover Blurb:
They share a passion to heal what is broken, but it's their own hearts that need to be made whole.

Brody McQuaid is a broken man, and he knows it. While his body survived the war, his soul did not. Besides loving his little niece, his only sense of purpose comes from saving the wild horses that roam South Park. Ranchers in the area have taken to killing the horses, which are competing with their cattle to feed on the open grass.

Savannah Marshall is a veterinarian on her family's Colorado ranch. She longs to keep her father happy following the tragic death of her older brother, including marrying a man of his choosing. But days before her wedding, she gets cold feet and disappears to South Park. As she learns more about the destruction of the horses, she joins Brody in an attempt to save the wild creatures. But when Savannah's family and the resentments of the area cattlemen catch up with them both, Brody and Savannah will have to tame their fears if they've any hope to let love run free.

Bethany House Publishing, May 3, 2022
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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

OUT OF THE BLUE by Susan Tuttle, Reviewed by Kim #ReleaseDay

 

I love Susan Tuttle’s writing and her stories always touch me in one way or another. All of her books are on my keeper shelf with Love You, Truly being a top favorite of mine. There’s a salvation scene in that story that I will never forget.

Out of the Blue is centered around Nate, who is renting a campground where he tries to help juvenile delinquents by bringing them there for the summer. Gwen, whose family owns the campground, has a major issue with this idea and immediately butts heads with Nate. I liked Nate and how he didn’t let things get him down. His heart for these children really won me over. Gwen, on the other hand, was a very hard character to like. She was not very nice at times and I felt like there wasn’t enough character growth for her. The faith thread in this story is well done and felt completely natural.

One of my biggest pet peeves in a story is an unlikable main character. Therefore, Gwen was the thing that really took me out of this story. That being said, I am sure others will really like this story.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is light.

 

BackCover Blurb:
 Falling in love again wasn’t on her checklist, but he’s about to pencil it in.Nate Reynolds’s ugly history has dogged him long enough. He has spent years reforming himself, but there has to be a purpose for all the pain in his youth. When he discovers the perfect campground for rehabbing juvenile delinquents, he sees his chance for redemption. Even if it means butting heads with the owner’s granddaughter, Gwen Doornbos, a woman who, for all her sharp edges, possesses a heart similar to his. The more time he spends with her, the more he envisions a future he once thought impossible.

Four years ago, Gwen Doornbos lost her husband at the hands of a troubled teen. Her dream of ministering to kids died with him, and she returned home to help her grandfather run their family summer camp until his retirement. That day has finally arrived, except her grandfather has other plans for Camp Hideaway, and they include the irritatingly handsome Nate, a do-gooder with more brawn than sense who insists on bringing the past right to her door.

When an accident requires Gwen to temporarily assist Nate, she discovers that the campers challenge her in ways she’s not ready to face. Yet if she can find the courage to stay, the darkness that has shrouded her for so long may lift to reveal a love arriving out of the blue.
Iron Stream Fiction, May 10, 2022
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Monday, May 9, 2022

INHERITANCE OF SECRETS (Coventry Saga #6) by Robin Patchen, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney


"Find her. Do what I never . . . had the courage . . . to do." Her father's final words.

The year following her father's death, Aspen Kincaid sold her father's successful restaurants in Hawaii, packed up her minimal belongings, and jetted half-way around the world to Coventry, New Hampshire. . . towards a home that Aspen never even realized her father had purchased; in the town where she had been born, in the town where her mentally ill mother had disappeared thirty years prior. Impressed that her contractor, Garrett McCarthy had already sketched out some beautiful renovation plans for the property, Aspen was still fairly convinced that she only wanted to give the old home a face lift, sell it for a healthy profit, and move on with her life. She never counted on Coventry's cold reception or what it might cost to investigate her messy family history. And of course, she never imagined that someone might want to cause her bodily harm.

Aspen needed help. Could Garrett be that person, or would forming a personal attachment be a mistake; the better question being, could she trust him? And if not him, then who?
Wow. This story just kept on going . . . in many different directions . . . right up until the very end. Aspen and Garrett both have their share of misunderstandings and rightfully so; Coventry's ugly secrets are buried deep, and have been for years. Only the "secret place of the Most High" will prove to be a safe place for Aspen to take refuge.
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
"I didn't do right by your mother. Find her and do what I never had the courage to do.”

Her father’s deathbed confession changed everything for Aspen Kincaid. The mystery of her mother’s disappearance was unsolvable, or so she’d believed.

Her dad had lied to her all her life.

After inheriting a house in New Hampshire—a house Aspen hadn’t known her father owned—she travels thousands of miles, desperate to fulfill his dying wish. But some residents of Coventry don’t want Jane Kincaid’s daughter digging into things they think should remain hidden forever.

Renovating the secluded old house on the mountain should be the next step in Garrett McCarthy's contracting career, but Aspen’s arrival stirs up old animosities in Coventry that he'd known nothing about. All he wants is to complete the job, hoping it’ll open doors to new opportunities. But when he’s asked to keep an eye on Aspen's activities, he feels he can’t refuse. How can he honor his beautiful, vulnerable client and remain loyal to the people who need his help?

Join Aspen and Garrett as they attempt to solve a thirty-year-old mystery--without becoming its latest victims.

Page-turning suspense, heartwarming romance, and a plot-twisting mystery that'll keep you guessing until the very end. Buy
Inheritance of Secrets today. 

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

WHEN THE DAY COMES By Gabrielle Meyer, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

What a wonderfully unique dual time/time travel story.

Libby from 1774 Williamsburg and Anna Elizabeth from 1914 New York society are the same person! When Libby goes to sleep in one time, she wakes up in the other, alternating time periods! She must decide which time period she wants to remain in by her 21 st birthday. Ms. Meyer has come up with an absolutely captivating premise, and she executes it with believable characters and scenarios. Libby and Henry are right in the formative days of the American Revolution with interactions with some of our founding fathers. We feel the emotions going through Libby as she sees Henry putting his life in danger for the patriots. “Freedom is not free. The price is far greater than anyone realizes.” And when Libby navigates her days leading up to WWI, we see how torn she is in her life in the early 1900s.

Ms. Meyer puts a few twists and turns into the story, weaving faith throughout, but the end is satisfying with a hint at what the next book in the series could be about. “There are some things too mysterious for us to understand. We are not to know all the answers. Only God is and He calls us to trust and believe that He is doing what is best.”

Definitely going on my keeper shelf and I am awaiting the next book!
* 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.* Fabulous. 5+ stars and a strong faith thread

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

How will she choose, knowing all she must sacrifice?

Libby has been given a powerful gift: to live one life in 1774 Colonial Williamsburg and the other in 1914 Gilded Age New York City. When she falls asleep in one life, she wakes up in the other. While she's the same person at her core in both times, she's leading two vastly different lives.

In Colonial Williamsburg, Libby is a public printer for the House of Burgesses and the Royal Governor, trying to provide for her family and support the Patriot cause. The man she loves, Henry Montgomery, has his own secrets. As the revolution draws near, both their lives--and any hope of love--are put in jeopardy.

Libby's life in 1914 New York is filled with wealth, drawing room conversations, and bachelors. But the only work she cares about--women's suffrage--is discouraged, and her mother is intent on marrying her off to an English marquess. The growing talk of war in Europe only complicates matters.

But Libby knows she's not destined to live two lives forever. On her twenty-first birthday, she must choose one path and forfeit the other--but how can she choose when she has so much to lose in each life?

Bethany House Publishing, May 3, 2022
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Friday, May 6, 2022

VIOLET'S VOW by Jenny Knipfer, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay

Violet has made a vow to find out what was behind her husband’s death. She owns Fragrant Sentiments, a flower shop in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin in 1891.

I love the parts of poems that introduce each chapter. They are all about love and flowers, a language Violet is well versed in and lends to her suggestions to customers which flowers would best suit the situation. Since her husband, Roger, died in a freak accident, she has run the shop alone. Enter Holly and her uncle Devon Moore, seeking flowers for an upcoming wedding. Violet hires Holly to help in the shop and thereby a relationship blooms with Devon. Violet starts to receive beautifully penned love notes. The trouble is, she can’t figure out who her secret admirer is. She narrows it down to three likely men: Devon, a wealthy lumber baron, Webster, her delivery man and helper at her gardens, and Frankie, whom she knew when she was younger and who is visiting his mother.

This was a well-written story that moves along with some intrigue and some soul searching, and a likable faith thread.
*I received a complimentary ebook copy from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*4 stars and a solid faith thread

BackCover Blurb:
A springtime novella of a secret love and a passionate vow

In the late 1890s, intuitive flower shop owner Violet Brooks opens up her heart and business to the Moore family but yet has vowed to get justice for her deceased husband, Roger, whom she believed had died as a result of bucking the Moore lumber company.

Handsome lumberbaron Devon Moore frequents Violet's shop with his niece, Holly, who's preparing for her upcoming wedding. Running the shop herself after her husband's death a year prior exhausts Violet, so she hires Holly, surprising herself by hoping to have more chances for her path to cross with Devon’s.

In the meantime, a secret admirer leaves Violet messages in the language of flowers. Her heart blossoms to the sentiments within.

She’s torn between her growing attraction for Devon and her admirer, or are they one in the same?

Journalist Frankie Dermot, an old classmate and flame of Violet’s, comes back to town. Violet enlists his help in her search for the truth about Roger’s death. But when they uncover who's really responsible for her husband's passing one year prior, Violet is shocked.

Will Violet shut herself off from newfound love, or will she allow her past vow to her deceased husband to dictate her future and keep her from the man who wins her heart?

Readers of Christian historical fiction and Christian historical romance with a twist of mystery will find their hearts set aflutter by Violet’s tale of discovering romance and be inspired by her path to grace.

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

SEA GLASS COTTAGE by Irene Hannon, Reviewed by Kim and Rebecca (Hope Harbor #8)


KIM'S REVIEW:
I always enjoy returning to Hope Harbor. It sounds like such a wonderful place to live! As expected, Sea Glass Cottage is a feel good story that also contains two second chance romances-one of my favorite tropes.

Christi and Jack are the main characters of this story. I really liked them both, but I felt their chemistry was lacking and that the romance was pretty nonexistent- until it wasn’t. I really liked Steve and Beth and how their story concluded. And, as always, Charley really added to the story.

Sea Glass Cottage
is the 8th book in the Hope Harbor series, but each story can easily be read as a standalone. I do feel you will get more out of this story if you read them all because there are recurring characters.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is light.

REBECCA'S REVIEW:
"As my abuela used to say when I was a boy back in Mexico, coincidence is nothing more than a small miracle in which God chooses to remain anonymous."

A lot of coincidences seem to be popping up around Hope Harbor lately, and the local town sage has his finger on the pulse beat of every single one of them. When a down and out young woman shows up out of the blue seeking assistance from a former "acquaintance", it puts a local law officer on high alert for ulterior motives. After all, the "fool me once", "fool me twice" adage still applied . . . didn't it?

How about a grieving small business owner who offers the aforementioned lovely newcomer a job, then realizes that they may have more in common than not, for both are living under the burden of deep regrets amidst the desire to believe that change is possible. . . . . isn't it?

And that lovely Sea Glass Cottage! When it becomes as much of a character in the story as its human counterparts, readers know without a doubt that the hand of Providence is touching lives, restoring souls, and bringing what was once thought dead, back to life. . . in Hope Harbor!

"For a tree there is hope; if it is cut down, it will sprout again, its tender shoots will not cease. Even though its roots grow old in the earth and its stump die in the dust, yet at the first whiff of water it sprouts and puts forth branches like a young plant." Job 14:7-9

What a lovely, thoughtful, romantic chapter in the lives of the author's beloved coastal town residents!
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.
3.5 stars
 

BackCover Blurb:
Christi Reece is desperate. The one-time golden girl's life has tarnished, and a cascade of setbacks has left her reeling. She needs help, and she's certain Jack Colby is in a position to provide it.

When she shows up in Hope Harbor, however, Jack wants nothing to do with the woman who betrayed him. He's built a new life on the Oregon coast--and there's no room in it for Christi, even after she takes refuge in a charming but mysterious cottage nearby. Yet it soon becomes apparent his opinion of her may need revising . . . especially when he ends up needing her help.

Can these two hurting souls make peace with their past and open their hearts to a new beginning?

Come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon delivers another heartwarming and romantic story set in the enchanting seaside community of Hope Harbor that is loved by readers the world over. Once you visit, you'll never want to leave.

Revell Publishing, April 5, 2022
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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

FATAL CODE By Natalie Walters, Reviewed by Paula and Rebecca #ReleaseDay

PAULA'S REVIEW:
Kekoa Young, whose name means: The Brave One, feels anything but brave since his brother died in a surfing accident. After all, he is just a cryptologist, a computer nerd and does not feel qualified to protect anyone. But when he meets Elinor, his protective instincts go into high gear.

This is another- hold on to your seats- thrilling adventure about the SNAP Agency. Even though I know very little about codes, the author brought them to life and made them an integral part of the story. I learned a lot about this unit of colleagues and friends who work in Washington DC.

The many layers made it hard to discover the bad guys behind the scenes. Someone was trying to steal the notebooks that were all that was left from the grandfather Elinor loved. Among the excitement and danger, Ms. Walters inserts humor, romance and shows us how the characters rely on God. Elinor holds on to the song: His Eye Is On The Sparrow. Sparrow was a nickname given to her by her grandfather, so she frequently recalls that God is watching over her.

I really enjoy Ms. Walters’ writing and will anxiously await the next book.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author and an ARC through a Library Thing. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
5 stars and a strong faith thread.

REBECCA'S REVIEW:
"Just what kind of secrets has Elinor stumbled on?"

SNAP Agency Agent Kekoa Young is not at all certain that he wants to take on what amounts to an undercover assignment surveilling his neighbor, Elinor Mitchell. The two have literally run into each other a couple of times and Kekoa has a hard time believing that Elinor could be involved in any kind of nefarious activity, yet what little evidence the agency has managed to uncover points directly to her, or more accurately, to her computer. On the other hand, she is a brilliant aerospace engineer working on a highly sensitive design dubbed Van Gogh with potential value for the Department of Defense, making the project vulnerable to international theft, which seems to be exactly what is happening under her watch.

"Let's start over. Kekoa, your neighbor and rescuer of metal shelves."

Mourning the loss of her beloved grandfather, Elinor Mitchell is sifting through some of Arthur Conway's journals, discovering that the renowned nuclear physicist left some of his notations in code. What a coincidence that her neighbor, Kekoa, is a former Navy cryptographer. As Elinor and Kekoa begin spending more time together, her deep-seeded loneliness begins to lift. Maybe there is someone on the planet who understands and appreciates her nerdy science jokes, maybe God's eye has been on His "sparrow" after all.

After reading the first book in this series, if you loved Kekoa's winsome personality encapsulated within a linebacker's physique, then you are in for a treat! But make no mistake; the stakes are high!
*I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews, and also purchased a copy. 3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
In 1964, a group of scientists called the Los Alamos Five came close to finishing a nuclear energy project for the United States government when they were abruptly disbanded. Now the granddaughter of one of those five scientists, aerospace engineer Elinor Mitchell, discovers that she has highly sensitive information on the project in her possession--and a target on her back.

SNAP agent and former Navy cryptologist Kekoa Young is tasked with monitoring Elinor. This is both convenient since she's his neighbor in Washington, DC, and decidedly inconvenient because . . . well, he kind of likes her.

As Elinor follows the clues her grandfather left behind to a top-secret nuclear project, Kekoa has no choice but to step in. When Elinor learns he has been spying on her, she's crushed. But with danger closing in on all sides, she'll have to trust him to ensure her discoveries stay out of enemy hands.

Natalie Walters sucks you into the global race for space domination in this perfectly paced second installment of her SNAP Agency romantic suspense series.

Revell Publishing, May 3, 2022
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WHEN THE DAY COMES by Gabrielle Meyer, Reviewed by Nicole Cook #ReleaseDay

Even though it is still early in the year, When the Day Comes by Gabrielle Meyer has definitely found a place on my list of favorite books of 2022. This time-crossing novel has such a unique premise unlike any I have ever read before, with Libby living simultaneously in two different time periods and having to decide on her 21st birthday which path she will remain in forever.  When she goes to sleep in one time period, she wakes up the next day in the other time period, and vice versa.  I had never read any books by Gabrielle Meyer before, but after reading the synopsis, I knew this was a novel that I had to read. 

This time-crossing novel will appeal to a wide range of readers, with storylines taking place in both 1774 Colonial Williamsburg and 1914 in New York City and England. Gabrielle Meyer created a fascinating story that kept me reading until the late hours of the night.  Both storylines are rich with historical details, beautiful messages of faith, and characters who the readers will deeply care about.  Even if you do not think you are a fan of time-crossing novels, you will be after reading this novel! The romantic storyline in one of Libby’s paths kept me rooting for a happy ending even when I did not see how it could be possible.

When the Day Comes is highly recommended for fans of time-crossing novels and historical romance. Luckily for Gabrielle Meyer’s readers, this novel is book one in her Timeless series, and there will be more time-crossing novels to look forward to in the future!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

How will she choose, knowing all she must sacrifice?

Libby has been given a powerful gift: to live one life in 1774 Colonial Williamsburg and the other in 1914 Gilded Age New York City. When she falls asleep in one life, she wakes up in the other. While she's the same person at her core in both times, she's leading two vastly different lives.

In Colonial Williamsburg, Libby is a public printer for the House of Burgesses and the Royal Governor, trying to provide for her family and support the Patriot cause. The man she loves, Henry Montgomery, has his own secrets. As the revolution draws near, both their lives--and any hope of love--are put in jeopardy.

Libby's life in 1914 New York is filled with wealth, drawing room conversations, and bachelors. But the only work she cares about--women's suffrage--is discouraged, and her mother is intent on marrying her off to an English marquess. The growing talk of war in Europe only complicates matters.

But Libby knows she's not destined to live two lives forever. On her twenty-first birthday, she must choose one path and forfeit the other--but how can she choose when she has so much to lose in each life?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gabrielle Meyer (www.gabriellemeyer.com) has worked for state and local historical societies and loves writing fiction inspired by real people, places, and events. She currently resides along the banks of the Mississippi River in central Minnesota with her husband and four children. By day, she's a busy homeschool mom, and by night she pens fiction and nonfiction filled with hope.

 

Bethany House Publishing, May 3, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
Buy WHEN THE DAY COMES at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House

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