12.10.2017

His Frontier Christmas Family by Regina Scott ~ Review

His Frontier Christmas Family (Frontier Bachelors #7) Review:
Lucie's Review:
Levi Wallin left the gold fields, and comes home to Wallin's Landing a preacher. When a friend from his time in the gold fields, Adam Murphy, asks him to care for his family after his death, so Levi goes in search of them determined to do what he can to help.

Callie Murphy grew up in the gold fields making do the best that she could with what she had. She's raising her brothers, and young niece, who she has been entrusted with since Adam's wife died. Levi offers her a partnership, where they can move to Wallin's Landing with him so that her brothers can go to school and he can help watch over them all, and raise them like his brother asked them to do.

Callie feels out of place in Wallin's Landing, overwhelmed by the town's people and their friendliness. She's especially intimidated by Beth, Levi's sister, she wears pretty dresses and talks about the latest fashions. Callie has never had a female friend her age before, so she doesn't quite know how to handle it, but Beth keeps trying to be her friend.

Levi is great with Callie's brothers, he gives them work and responsibilities. He offers to help Callie learn to read ad encourages her to sing more, he wants to help her grow, but doesn't want to force her to change.

I loved revisiting Wallin's Landing, and the antics of Callie's twin brothers, which add humor to the story. Calie really blossoms in Wallin's Landing and I love how Levi and Callie bring out the best in each other. A fantastic book from beginning to end!

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12.09.2017

Christmas Ranch Rescue by Lynette Eason & Lauryn Eason ~ Review

Christmas Ranch Rescue (Wrangler's Corner #5)
Lucie's Review:

When Sheriff Clay Starke asks Nathan Williams to help him out on a case, he agrees. Nathan is a DEA Agent and he's been out on leave after being shot, Starke asks him to run surveillance on Becca Price, because they suspect that she may be involved with a drug smuggling ring.

Becca runs a riding stable, and is recovering from a back injury she received when a horse threw her. She is surprised to hear from Nathan whom she hasn't heard from since she was 17, but when he offers to help out, she is happy to give him a job at the stable. Becca loves horses and wants to share her joy with others especially with children with special needs. Running the stables has been her dream, she left her job as a doctor to run the stables, but now the rumors of involvement with a drug ring has hurt her business and she is barely making ends meet. Lately she's been dealing a series of attacks targeting her, and she can't think of who would be after her, or why.

I really liked Brody Mac, he works for Becca, and is very gifted with the horses. He has some developmental delays, and her stays at Becca's bunkhouse when his father is in town because his father is cruel to him. He's a dear and vulnerable man, not everyone can see what Becca sees in him, a very sweet man.

As Nathan get's closer to Becca, he doesn't want to believe that she is involved with the drug ring, and he wants more than anything to help protect her from the attacks as they escalate. Nathan doesn't like that he hasn't been fully honest with her about why he's there, and he wants to be the kind of person that she can depend on.

I love how Becca holds to her faith, follows her dream and reaches out to others. She is great at keeping her head in the midst of danger. I loved the fast pace of the book, packed with action, and a mystery to solve. Nathan is a great hero, he stands by Becca, and offers support throughout. A fantastic read from beginning to end!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

12.07.2017

You're Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher ~ Review

You're Gonna Love Me (Thunder Creek #2)
Lucie's Review:
When Samantha Winters gets a call from her cousin that their grandmother, Ruth, fell from a horse and broke her leg, she decides to take time off from work and head for Thunder Creek, Idaho, to care for her Gran.

Nick Chastain was there with Ruth when she fell, so he comes to visit her in the hospital to see how she's doing. Nick and Samantha are shocked to see each other again, when the meet in Ruth's hospital room. Nick and Samantha dated back in Oregon when Nick used to be a professor at the university, but they had a fight and then Nick had an accident, and he still suffers from memory loss.

While Samantha is wondering if she wants to go back to the job waiting for her, she and Nick reconnect, and she wonders if they can make it work this time.

Nick loves being outdoors and he is working installing a irrigation system into Derek's organic farm, her and Derek becomes fast friends and Derek invites him to join their Men's Church Group. Nick has changed alot and he regrets his reckless mistakes in the past, he remembers some things about Samantha and he wants to apologize and be friends, but he is afraid to hope for more than that.

Ruth is happy to have Samantha visiting her, and she decides that she needs to get to know Nick better so that she can decides if he is good enough for Samantha.

Samantha has always made the safe choice since her father died in a skiing accident, and she didn't like Nick's recklessness, but she can see that he's changed especially when he talks about his faith. She is afraid to take a chance, and I like how she comes to terms with her fears. And I love how Nick has changed his outlook on life and overcome so many challenges since his accident. A fantastic read from beginning to end!


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Mail-Order Christmas Baby by Sherri Shackleford ~ Review

Mail-Order Christmas Baby (Montana Courtships #1)
Lucie's Review:

When 2 year old Gracie is sent through the mail, with a letter naming Sterling Blackwell and Heather O'Connor her parents, it send the whole town into a tizzy. They are both shocked, and it throws them into a lot of speculations, even Sterling thinks that the child must be Heather's because they share the same color of red hair, but he thinks that the father is his brother Dillon who went out with Heather a few times before he left for the Calvary.

Sterling and Heather agree to marry for Gracie's sake, and to quiet the talk in the town, but will they find real love together?

Heather doesn't want Gracie to feel unwanted, like she did when she was little, her mother died and her father dumped her with some relatives. She puts Gracie's needs before her own comfort, and cares for her and comes to love her, despite the town's talking.

Sterling feels guilty for Dillon leaving for the Calvary, and feels that Dillon and Heather might have married if not for Sterling's interference. Sterling stays busy with his property, but he makes sure that Heather and Gracie are well cared for, even though he doesn't see them often. But when Heather get's sick he has to care for Gracie and finds that he really likes her. He realizes that he doesn't want things the way they were and makes an effort to get to know Gracie and Heather better. When Sterling and Heather find missing money in the bookkeeping, they work together to find out what happened when Sterling's father was alive, and where the money went.

As they get to know and care for each other Sterling worries about what will happen when Dillon returns, and Heather worries that Sterling feels trapped in their marriage. I like the way that the hard times bring Sterling and Heather together, they are both people of strong faith, strengths, as well as faults and fears. Fantastic read from beginning to end with everything from romance, a marriage of convenience and mystery! Highly recommend!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

12.06.2017

An Amish Christmas Love by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, and Ruth Reid ~ Review

An Amish Christmas Love
Lucie's Review:

Winter Kisses -- Naomi, her mother, and her grandmother all live together, Naomi's mother, Barbara, and her grandmother, Ruth, are widowed, and Naomi has never married. They decide to rent out their daadi haus to some men who have moved to the area for construction jobs, Wayne and Jethro are widowed, and Eli is the youngest.

Ruth is quite the character, opinionated and unstoppable in her search for a husband. Wayne and Barbara are surprised by their attraction to each other, and Barbara is hesitant at first, but Wayne's constance and patience win her over. While Eli and Naomi find love too.

I loved the humor in this book, that made it a very quick and enjoyable read!

The Christmas Cat--Emma and her husband, Henry, spend their first Christmas together with some unexpected visitors. A cat shows up and makes himself right at home, and a group of young people get snowed in with Emma. The cook, eat, and recount stories. I loved how considerate and kind the young people were to Emma, while they were snowed in with her.

Snow Angels--Molly and david have been courting for over a year now, and she's been dropping hints, but he hasn't seemed to notice. But when a girl from David's past shows up and and he can't seem to keep his eyes off of her, Molly wonders if this is the end for her and David.

Bobby is English and her father owns a ranch, she's home from college because her father had a heart attack.

Will David be able to make a decision or lose them both?

Home for Christmas--Ellie's father was Amish, but when she was young, her mother took her away and they lived in the English world, but when she inherits her aunt's farm in Michigan she gets a chance to go home for the first time. She doesn't know where she's going so when her GPS directs her to the wrong house, she meets Allison and her father, Ezra who live there. Allison bonds with Lulu, Ellie's dog, and even seems to be able to sense oncoming seizures. But Ezra thinks that Lulu causes the seizures. As Ellie get's used to her new home and reads her aunt's journal, she comes to understand some things that she has been looking for all along.

I loved how different all the stories were and how they all came together. I loved Grandma Ruth, Emma's visitors, how Ellie finds a home, and Snow Angels was my favorite with how it all came together in the end! Fantastic Christmas read for fans of romance and Amish fiction!


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The Rancher's Christmas Bride by Brenda Minton ~ Review

The Rancher's Christmas Bride (Bluebonnet Springs, #2)

Lucie's Review:

When fleeing from being left at the alter, Marissa Walker's limo breaks down alongside a country road, on her way to Bluebonnet Springs to meet the grandfather that she has never met. Local rancher Alex Palmero stops to help her out, and he takes her to see her grandfather.

Marissa wants to stay in Bluebonnet to figure out her life after everything went wrong at what was supposed to her wedding, but will Alex be able to convince her to stay forever?

Alex is good friends with Dan Wilson, who is Marissa's grandfather, Alex has been helping him out, and stopping in now and then to make sure that he has what he needs. Dan has been ill lately, so Marissa's visit comes at a good time, Alex shows Marissa around the ranch, and how to do the chores. Alex is a good man who cares about the community and has come a long way himself, in dealing with his family's rough past. I love how despite his own troubles with trying to save his ranch, he still wants to go all out and help others.

Marissa is enjoying getting to know her grandfather, as they get to know each other and Dan opens up to Marissa. Marissa is torn between what she's found and the home that she left behind, as well as the teaching job.

Overall this was a great read, I loved the characters and how everyone got to know each other better and become more of a family. I think my favorite thing was the friendship between Marissa and her grandfather.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

12.05.2017

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy ~ Review

Too Far Down (The Cimarron Legacy, #3)
Lucie's Review:

Cole Boden's quick thinking saves his family's mine, and the lives of many miners. But what happened at the mine was no accident.

Mel Blake has known the Bodens her whole life, she works alongside her father on their ranch. She knows her way around guns, horses, and hard work, so when Cole calls for trustworthy men to rent the mines of the dead miners, Mel steps forward.

Can Cole and Mel unravel the mystery of who is out to get the Boden Clan?

I like that Mel's parents allow her to follow through with her plan on the condition that she work alongside her Uncle Walt, who has a lot of mining knowledge, even though it's not his favorite thing to do. Mel has a strong faith, and a determined spirit. She's straight shooting, capable and intelligent, she cares deeply for her friends and family.

Chance is a good man, he cares about doing right by the miners, and takes care of his people. I love the way that he admires Mel just the way that she is, and doesn't wish that she was any different. He is torn between the opportunities in New Mexico or back home in Boston, and he is unsure of starting something if he won't be around for long.

I loved catching up with the other members of the Boden family too. As it also follows Veronica and Chance to Denver, as they lay low waiting for Chance's leg to heal and befriend a young boy named Finn.

A fast paced read, hard to put down, with many twists along the way. A fantastic conclusion to the Cimarron Legacy!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

11.30.2017

The Stable Cat's Christmas by Christina S. Vrba, illustrated by Gail Yerrill ~ Review

The Stable Cat's Christmas
My Review:

The little orange cat the lives in the stable where Jesus was born has no gift to give the newborn King, does he have anything to offer the little baby Jesus?

A charming story of a cat who wants to be like the other animals and have something to give Jesus. The story was charming, with delightful illustrations to accompany it that are classic and really help to establish the tone of the book. I liked most of the story, but I thought that it took an odd turn at the end, where he gains stripes. Personally I thought that the book would have ended well with him finding a gift for Jesus and worshipping Him, but it felt kinda of odd to me the turn that it took.

Overall, a cute story for Christmas, with beautiful pictures, that makes for a fun read at Christmastime. I'm not sure how I feel about the way that it ended, and personally it just struck me as odd, and it ended up reading more like a legend-type tale. But I really liked the message of no matter who you are, there is always something to offer Jesus Christ.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

11.28.2017

World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life by Marvin Olasky

World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life
My Review:

As an avid reader of World, I instantly recognized Marvin Olasky's name. I have long enjoyed his balanced and thoughtful columns and articles in World. This book brings together a collection of Mr. Olasky's columns from the past few decades, and it just goes to show that nothing is new under the sun in the midst of huge changes. It's amazing that an article written in 1995 is just as relevant as one written a few months ago, or even last year.

Each article is crafted to make the reader to think and ponder their convictions in light of a Biblical worldview. Some of the articles were nostalgic, in a way that it made me think that we were debating one thing 2 years ago, and now it have progressed to 5 steps down the line.

Overall, a wonderful collection of Marvin Olasky's most memorable columns over the years covering a variety of topics. Great read for fans of World. Concise chapters make for easy navigation and reading. Well worth the read!

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About the Book: As Editor-in-Chief of World Magazine, Marvin Olasky has offered his views on current events and culture for more than 25 years. In this collection of columns, he shows readers how Christians can speak biblical truths while also living out the biblical values of grace and mercy in today's world.

What Makes the World View Unique?

While regular readers of World Magazine may remember some of the columns contained in World View, never before has a collection of Marvin Olasky's work over the last 25 years been curated like this. These 60 columns cover a wide variety of issues that remain relevant today, ranging from political issues such as immigration and welfare to social issues including homosexuality and racism. Olasky also touches on everyday conversations such as movie reviews, career paths and the impact of Millennials. While reading his commentary, readers will learn a new way to consider and respond to any situation in a way that lives out all biblical virtues, including mercy and grace as well as truth.

Who Is the Product for?

Thoughtful Christians who are looking for guidance on how to live out the biblical values of humility, kindness and mercy while still standing up for Scripture will find a new way to consider challenges in World View. Secular readers including conservatives as well as people interested in learning more about how prominent Christian leaders think will also find Olasky's views and commentary helpful and interesting. 

Learn more about Marvin and his new release here.


How could our world be different if Christians were recognized for not only speaking the truth, but also demonstrating mercy?
What would our lives be like if we reacted to our common culture with not just biblical facts, but also grace and compassion?
For more than 25 years, Marvin Olasky has offered this kind of viewpoint in his columns as the Editor-in-Chief of World Magazine, the leading news magazine written with a Christian perspective. In this collection of far-ranging columns, Olasky's commentary on world events and affairs, as well as his own personal interactions, encourages readers to respond with both grace and truth in every encounter.
A leading voice for standing for biblical truth in the public square, Olasky also believes Christians should incorporate the biblical virtues of humility, kindness, and mercy in all of life. His call for biblical values to include both truth and mercy makes his voice stand out in a world that often falsely divides those goals and settles for a poor imitation of the robust Christianity described in Scripture. These short and punchy columns offer readers a new way to consider challenges in today's world and shows them how to respond to any encounter biblically, but not hysterically, providing a wake-up call for the complacent, while also calming the frantic.

Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of "World News Group," a distinguished chair in journalism and public policy at Patrick Henry College, and the author of more than twenty books, including "Compassionate Conservatism" and "The Tragedy of American Compassion." He and his wife, Susan, have four sons and five grandchildren.
Find out more about Marvin at http://stores.newgrowthpress.com.

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11.26.2017

Montana Bride by Christmas by Linda Ford ~ Review

Montana Bride by Christmas (Montana Cowboys #4)
Lucie's Review:

When Annie Marshall arrives to answer single father Pastor Hugh Arness's advert for a mail order bride, with her grandfather in tow, he is shocked. Annie is beautiful, vivacious, and far too lively to be a preacher's wife.  But she connects instantly with his 4 year old son, Evan, who is still recovering from the abuse and neglect of Hugh's former wife, he agrees to a trial period chaperoned by Annie's grandfather.

I like how protective Annie's grandfather is of her, he loves her and doesn't think that she should marry someone for convenience, but agrees to stay and chaperone. He is quite the character, and adds alot of humor to the book.

Annie is intelligent, thoughtful, and compassionate. I love how she helps Evan come out if his shell and reconnect with his father, suggesting forming routines to give Evan a stronger sense of security. As Hugh sees Annie with his son he can't help but have trouble trying to ignore his growing feelings for her.

Overall, this is a fun read, and a sweet read for Christmas. I like that Annie's family rallies around her and that she is able to stand up for herself and the life that she wants.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."