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!

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."



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."

11.23.2017

Picturing Heaven: 40 Hope Filled Devotions with Coloring Pages by Randy Alcorn and illustrated by Lizzie Preston ~ Review

Picturing Heaven: 40 Hope-Filled Devotions with Coloring Pages
My Review:

Filled with beautiful illustrations accompanied by excerpts from Randy Alcorn's 50 Days of Heaven, this new coloring book in full of wonder, comfort, and longing for eternity.

This book is beautiful with gold foiling on the cover, and gold coloring that enhances the intricate and splendid drawings that bring to life what this artist sees when she reads Mr. Alcorn's devotions. Each devotion is accompanied by a scripture that talks about heaven. I think one of my favorite things about this book is that even after you are done coloring every page, it will be even more beautiful and you can revisit the devotions and the artwork over and over again. It is very obvious that this book was put together with longevity in mind and not to just color and forget about.

Overall, a stunning book that would make a terrific gift for someone who has been pondering heaven, or who needs some comfort or reassurance. I personally am always in awestruck wonder when I think about heaven and the wonders of the Saviour's glory. A beautiful book that would make a great gift!

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."

11.22.2017

The Beginner's Gospel Story Book by Jared Kennedy, illustrated by Trish Mahoney ~ Review

The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible
My Review:

52 chapters the tell the story of Jesus Christ, from Genesis to Revelation, with a conversational lilt to the storytelling, and thought provoking conversation starting questions that get the young person in your life to start thinking about the important things in life.

Illustrated in bright colors, and simple, but expressive pictures, this book brings to life the Gospel, from Creation to what is still yet to come. I loved that the chapters were concise. They took each event and connected it to the cross of Christ, and ended with a challenge question that was easy enough for a child to understand, yet deep and would be a great way to start a conversation.

I really liked how this book was very focused on helping children understand the Gospel, and what it truly means. This would be a fantastic book for a young person in your life, with it's bright colors and big print, it would even be perfect for new readers!

Overall, I was very impressed with this book, it takes the idea of a children's Bible storybook to the next level, and gets them thinking about the meaning of the story and what it means in light of the Gospel and Jesus Christ. 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."

How do you explain the gospel to toddlers and preschoolers?
Often adults are stumped, but Jared Kennedy's focus on the promises of God makes the gospelcome alive to the littlest hearts. Through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories, The Beginner'sGospel Story Bible highlights God's perfect promises. Every page pops with bright colors, playful illustrations, fun learning opportunities, and, best of all each story points children to Jesus.
Kids know the value of a promise. Through the gospel, our good and all-powerful God keeps his word and fulfills his promises to us better than we could have ever thought or imagined!
In The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible, author Jared Kennedy traces God's perfect promises through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories, retold in simple and compelling ways with toddlers and preschoolers in mind. Each gospel-centered story highlights God's tale of redemption through Jesus and the unexpected and surprising ways that God's grace and mercy are revealed throughout the Bible. Children will hear the good news of God's love for them clearly expressed in ways that will speak to their young hearts. Brightly colored illustrations highlight thestories and add fun teaching elements of counting, opposites, patterns, and object recognition to keep even the youngest child's attention. Every story also ends with a question that parents and caregivers can use to further reinforce themessage.
Through reading this book one chapter at a time to your children-or letting them read it to you!-even the youngest kids will come to know that God's promises are especially for them, and that God always keeps his promises.

Jared Kennedy, MDiv, ThM, is the husband to Megan and the father of three girls-Rachael, Lucy, and Elisabeth. He serves as Pastor of Families at Sojourn Community Church-Midtown in Louisville, KY and as children's ministry strategist for Sojourn Network. He blogs regularly at gospelcenteredfamily.com and is also thecoauthor of "Leadership Mosaic" and two VBS programs, "Proof Pirates" and "Clap Your Hands," "Stomp Your Feet."
Find out more about Jared at http://www.gospelcenteredfamily.com.

Landing Page: http://litfusegroup.com/author/jkennedy


Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander ~ Review

Christmas at Carnton (Carnton, #0.5)
Lucie's Review:

Aletta Prescott feels like she is at the end of her rope, having lost her husband in the War Between the States, with a young son, and a baby on the way, she struggles to hold on to hope.

She sees a notice in the paper advertising for cooks for a fundraiser in honor of the soldiers, but when she reaches Carnton, all of the positions have been filled. Mrs. McGavock insists that they stay for hot chocolate before they leave, and while she is there Aletta overhears that they need someone to help build a life size nativity. She father was a master carpenter and taught her well, so she offers to take the job.

Captain Jake Winston is a sharpshooter with the Confederate Army, he has been ordered to go to Carnton to help with the fundraiser, and also for rest due to his loss of long-range vision from an injury. He meets Aletta at Carnton and she recruits him to help her with the Nativity.

I love the interaction between Aletta and Jake, as they get to know each other as they work. He realizes that she is still mourning and is respectful of that. I like how Jake befriends Andrew and takes time to teach Andrew a few things.

I really like how this book showed how the the war and the Women's Relief Society brought people of all stations in life together. I think one of my favorite characters was Tempy, she is a wealth of knowledge and the head cook at Carnton. This is a wonderful introduction to a new series, I love how Jake grows and comes to some realizations over the course of the story and how Christmas brings him and Aletta together.


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."

11.19.2017

Christmas on the Run by Shirlee McCoy ~ Review

Christmas on the Run (Mission: Rescue #8)Lucie's Review:


Carly Kelly is a museum conservator at the Smithsonian, when blackmailers ask to forge antique stones, and threaten to take her 6 yr old son, Zane, she reaches out to her late husband's ex-military half-brother, and member of HEART, for help.

Dallas Morgan has noticed Carly running by his house every morning on her daily jog, he's never spoken to her before so when he approaches her, she runs. When she get's home her son is nowhere to be found, but Dallas has experience with threats and hostage situations, and he calls in all of his connections to help get Zane back.

I liked that Carly's best friend, Jazz, moved in to help her with Zane after the death of Carly's husband, and she does everything she can to try to prevent the bad guys from taking Zane.

I love that Dallas get's a chance to connect with the nephew that he didn't know that he had, but it also reminds him of what he lost. He is a rock for Carly, so she doesn't have to go through everything alone.

Carly is a headstrong and protective mother, she doesn't want to sit on the sidelines while others do the work, she wants to help where she can to get her boy back in her arms. As she get's to know Dallas she wonders if she has been given a second chance that she didn't even know that she wanted.

Fast paced, with a heart pounding mystery, fraught with tension, and surprise twists. Definitely a great addition to the HEART series!


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An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter ~ Review

An Inconvenient Beauty (Hawthorne House, #4)
Lucie's Review:

Griffith, the Duke of Riverton, likes things logical and orderly, so he naturally wants to apply his logic skills towards finding a wife. He has decided that the most sensible choice for a spouse would be Frederica St Claire, but he can't seem to get her stunning beautiful cousin, Isabella Breckenridge out of his head.

Isabella Breckenridge is in London for her first season, sponsored by her Uncle Percy. Her Uncle is sponsoring her season in London to help her struggling family, as well as to serve his own purposes as the figurehead of the Apothecary Act.

Isabella wants to do her duty to help her family, even if it means possibly letting go of any dreams of a future with Griffith.

I really liked Frederica, she is a kind and headstrong young woman who knows her own heart. She loves another man and is not interested in Griffith, whether or not he is a Duke. She instead directs his interest to Isabella.

Isabella is a bright and beautiful young woman, she and Griffith quickly strike up a comfortable friendship. And he likes that she is the only young woman outside of his family who treats him like a regular man, and speaks freely with him of her love of plants and flowers. But she is riddled with guilt  for what she has done going along with her Uncle's plan, making her own way instead of trusting God.

I like how Griffith has a good group of friends, mainly Ryland, who give him good advice. Griffith is an honorable fellow, full of integrity, and lives his faith. I like that he is a man of action and when he knows what to do he doesn't tarry.

A fantastic read from beginning to end, I love how Griffith is a gentleman like Mr. Knightley who doesn't lead women on. And Frederica is my favorite because she knows her heart and what is important. Definitely a must read for fans of the previous Hawthorne House books, or for anyone who loves a well done Regency romance!



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11.18.2017

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey ~ Review

Blind Spot (Chesapeake Valor, #3)
Lucie's Review:

Declan Grey is investigating a terrorist plot with illegal arms smuggling, the FBI teams him up with Tanner Snow. Tanner is a gifted agent, with the remarkable ability to put almost anyone at ease in multiple languages. She was born in Israel, and after serving time in their military she immigrated to the United States, went to school, and now works to help people live in safety.

I admired Tanner for her faith and inner strength. Declan surprises Tanner by lightening up tense moments, she likes how he really listens to her and values her opinions. I love how Tanner and Declan work together to unravel the clues left by a late agent to catch the terrorists and protect many innocents.

Meanwhile CCI has been hired by their old coach to find out who is stealing money from the investment firm and framing the coach.

Declan is honorable and lives his faith, he does his best to respectfully protect Tanner, while knowing that she has his back too.

This is a fast paced read that was pretty much impossible to put down. I loved how Tanner and Declan bring out the best in each other, and how her faith really shine in how she treats others. Fantastic read from beginning to end!



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11.12.2017

Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon ~ Review

Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1)
Lucie's Review:

Trish Bailey has her hands full working a demanding job and caring for her mother, who was chronically injured in a car accident that took both their husbands. Trish  teaches art at a school for the underprivileged, and her mother runs a charitable foundation, with the help of their accountant Matt Parker. Trish is shocked when her mother dies suddenly.

Detective Colin Flynn tries to be sensitive to Trish's feelings, but he believes the death to be of natural causes. When the tox screening comes back positive, he knows that he must dig deeper to find answers.

I like that Trish tries not to dwell on the new information, but when she is attacked in the parking lot of the school, she can't ignore the fact that she is in danger. Colin rushes to her aid, and suggests that they take a deeper look at everything, and that Matt's strange behavior is worth a second glance.

I like that Trish holds to her faith, and is open about her faith with Colin. I like that she has someone that she can trust and depend on in Colin, and that they find that they enjoy spending time together. I really liked how they got to know each other.

I think that they title is very fitting for this book, and it definitely makes more sense as the story progresses. I really admired Trish and her determination in the midst of a tough situation. She doesn't care much for money, but wants to help others. This was a thrilling read from beginning to end, with many twists and turns along the way. Fantastic, and hard to put down.

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11.05.2017

Home All Along by Beth Wiseman ~ Review

Home All Along (Amish Secrets #3)
My Review:

When Charlotte's long lost sister Andrea shows up at their mother's funeral she is shocked. Andrea is in some trouble of her own, and decides to crash with Charlotte. Charlotte doesn't have much to spare, but she tries to make her sister, and her niece, Bella feel welcome.

Meanwhile Charlotte struggles with the decision about her and Daniel's relationship looming in their future, as they cannot continue as they are forever. Lena's family deals with her cancer diagnosis, and Daniel's family is shaken to their core when complications with his mother's pregnancy force them to make choices they never thought they'd ever have to face.

The third in a series, Home All Along is a great conclusion to this heart felt tale of family, love, and forgiveness. I would definitely recommend reading the other books in the series before reading this one, as it would definitely be a bit tricky at first if you didn't know what was going on.

I really like how Annie matures over the course of this book, and really puts her past behind her, and being strong for her family.

Charlotte and Daniel have to make some tough decisions about where their relationship is going, and they are forced to think about what they are willing to sacrifice for their love.

Andrea was a surprising character, and her daughter Bella is adorable. Andrea is quick thinking, smart, and skeptical. I like her spunk, and despite her dishonesty at first, she did win me over by the end.

Overall, a really great conclusion to the story arch, heartbreaking at times, I loved the way that Charlotte's friends are there for her and each other. Fantastic read!

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."

10.29.2017

Christmas on the Ranch by Arlene James and Lois Richer ~ Review

Christmas on the Ranch: The Rancher's Christmas Baby\Christmas Eve Cowboy (Love Inspired)
Lucie's Review:

The Rancher's Christmas Baby
Dixon has gotten used to coming home to an empty house since his mother left when he was eighteen, so he is surprised to come home to a young woman holding a baby, and a frail older woman standing in his kitchen.

Fawn Amber quickly sets Dixon straight on a lot of things, she left her sister and her job to help her friend Jackie make amends with her son.

Jackie has a bad heart and lost her husband she wants to reconnect with Dixon in hopes that he will care for his baby sister when she is gone.

I like Fawn, she is plucky and outspoken, she challenges Dixon to try and see his mother's side of things.

I like how Dixon's heart softens towards his mother and younger sister as he get's to know them.

This is a great fast moving story with great characters, is romantic, with great touches of humor.

Christmas Eve Cowboy
Dr. Elizabeth Kendall and her daughter are enjoying the Christmas festivities of Snowflake, where they meet Brett Carlisle who is selling puppies. One of the puppies promptly falls in love with Zoey, but Elizabeth is not interested in having a puppy.

Brett helps Elizabeth and Zoey adjust to life in a small town, he is also in charge of the children's Christmas choir. Elizabeth loves music, but her ex had always been very judgmental of all of her attempts.

Brett has always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, and now he's torn, because he has been given the opportunity to leave Snowflake and make his dreams come true, just when he's found a reason to stay.

Elizabeth and Brett are both believers and they encourage each other to look past their pasts and believe in second chances. Great read!

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Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan ~ Review

Deadly Proof (Atlanta Justice #1)
Lucie's Review:

Kate Sullivan is an attorney representing the families of patients who died of brain tumors caused by the drug Celix. When she is named lead counsel strange things start happening to her, she feels like she is being followed and someone slashes her tires. So she hires private investigator, Landon James, to look into the drug company after one employee tips her off that it may be bigger than just one drug.

I like that Landon takes Kate's security seriously and warns her to take precautions, as well as bringing in his friends to help him out. Landon is an ex-Army Ranger, he is haunted by what happened on his last tour, he blames himself and believes that God abandoned him.

I really didn't like Ethan, who went to law school with Kate, he is representing the pharmaceutical and is unafraid to try and use their "friendship" to his advantage.

Kate is my favorite, she believes in what she is doing and wants to help the victims that she represents. She is courageous, and refuses to back down in the face of danger. She has her own struggles, but her faith is strong. I like how she is able to keep her head in the moment when things get crazy.

Overall this was an entertaining read, with a tension filled plot, and several twists. I liked Kate and Landon, they have great interaction as they get to know each other and work towards a resolution.


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10.22.2017

The Second Chance Bride Collection by Lauralee Bliss, Angela Breidenbach, Ramona K. Cecil, Pamela Griffin, Pam Hillman, Laura V. Hilton, Grace Hitchcock, Tiffany Amber Stockton, Liz Tolzma ~ Review

The Second Chance Brides Collection: Nine Historical Romances Offer New Hope for Love
Lucie's Review:

I love this collection of novellas, it covers a vast amount of different time periods over the nine stories where people get a second chance at love.

Love in the Crossfire 
Gretchen cares for a man that she finds in the barn. Jacob is a scout for George Washington, as they get to know each other they find that they have a lot in common.

Fanned Embers
Lukas is a foreman at the mine, he is a hard worker of integrity. He promises to keep his men from bothering the newly widowed Juliana. She is hoping to leave as soon as she has the money to leave. But will Lukas change her mind? An action packed ending!

Daughter of Orion
Matilda signs on as a cabin boy on a whaling vessel, she shares her faith with Tom and he admires her faith, thinking her to be a young boy. However her secret cannot stay a secret forever...

The Substitute Husband and the Unexpected Bride
Cecily and Garret marry for convenience. He has a son, and she a  younger sister that she watches over. She fears that she doesn't measure up to Garret's first wife. For his part he respects her space and gives her time to warm to him. This is a really sweet story, I liked how they came to trust each other and commit to their marriage.

The Widow of St Charles Ave.
Colette wants to do more with her life than attend parties and wear pretty dresses, so she volunteers at an orphanage, and opens a school in her home, with the help of her friend Malcom. But when a flame from the past returns wanting to reignite the spark she has a choice to make.

The Prickly Pear Bride
This one was one of my favorites. Cole is looking for a good place to put down roots with a ranch of his own, and he meets a sheepherder that he can't forget. Evelyn has been watching the sheep since her grandfather broke his leg, Cole is worried about Evelyn and he does what he can to help them out, delivering supplies, which gives him time to get to know Evelyn.

Married by Mistake
Bessie wants to be married, but she doesn't like the traditional courtship rituals. Thomas really likes Bessie, but he doesn't think he will ever marry because the mistakes of his past. So his friend Archies takes it into his mind to help them out!

Love in Disguise
Anna is one of my favorite characters, she has made a life for herself in Colorado and has found a way to help the local Natives by selling their goods in her store. But when a face from her past walks through her front door, as Trevor gets to know Anna better he admires the woman that has become and her independence.

What the Heart Sees
Miriam recognizes a prisoner of war that she met before the start of WWII in Germany. Paul is a man of faith, and he works hard to prove himself. Miriam's father disapproves and wants her to marry their neighbor. But Paul and Miriam get their second chance?

I loved how all of these stories had a theme of second chances and love and faith in various situations.


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Amish Christmas Twins by Patricia Davids ~ Review


Amish Christmas Twins
Lucie's Review:

John Miller offers a ride to a woman and her two small girls, he is a blacksmith who restores old sleighs and is on his way to make a delivery.

Willa Lapp accepts the ride for the sake of her twins, Megan and Lucy. Willa just lost her husband and is afraid that his parents will try to take the girls away so she is headed to her grandfather's place. Willa grew up Amish, but when her parents left, they took her with them, and it's been years since she's seen her grandfather. But when her grandfather won't let them stay with them, John takes them home to his mother.

John's mother Vera is a very kind and welcoming person, she is happy to take care of Willa and the girls, and encourages them to stay. It's clear that she also may have some matchmaking in mind!

The girls are so cute, Lucy is more talkative and outgoing, and takes to John despite his gruff demeanor. Megan is more cautious and thoughtful, and she is a quick learner when John start teaching them some German words.

At first John tries to avoid Willa, but he wants to help her, and slowly but surely they become friends. He finds that he able to tease her, and loves her snappy retorts. Willa enjoys John's company and is especially taken with the way that he interacts with her daughters.

A wonderful read from beginning to end, I like how John and Willa and get to know each other, and how he helps her to confront her fears and embrace her faith. A well written and read, with great characters and adorable girls!

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Christmas Amnesia by Laura Scott ~ Review

Christmas Amnesia (Callahan Confidential #3)
Lucie's Review:

Maddy Callahan is an assistant district attorney, and the only girl in the Callahan Clan.

Police Officer Noah Sinclair recognizes Maddy as soon as he sees her in the hospital, when he learns that she was attacked, he vows to keep her safe. He is stunned that she doesn't remember him as he was her twin brother's partner before her brother, Matt, transferred to the K-9 unit, it turns out that she is suffering from amnesia and doesn't remember anything about the attack.

Noah thinks that the attack is connected the drug case that she was working on before that attack. Noah insists on taking her home, but when they are almost run over on the way home, they know that it is just the beginning.

I like how Noah takes charge and helps to get Maddy to a safe house, until her brother can come and help them. they talk alot and get reacquainted while laying low, as well as work on the case. Maddy wants to get to know Noah better, but he puts up walls, saying that he doesn't do relationships, and he blames himself for mistakes in the past. Noah is very passionate about putting the drug dealers away, and is good at what he does.

Even though Maddy can't remember much, even about her family, she does remember her faith, and holds fast to it throughout. Maddy feels safe with Noah, and I like how they are able to work together.

A great read, with a fast hook in the beginning, I loved coming back to the Callahans, and the camaraderie between Maddy and her brothers, and Noah too. I didn't want to put this book down, a great read, and a must read if you enjoyed the other Callahan Clan books!

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Mail-Order Marriage Promise by Regina Scott ~ Review

Mail-Order Marriage Promise (Frontier Bachelors #6)
Lucie's Review:

I loved revisiting Wallin Landing. Now that all the older brothers are married and the younger siblings are grown, Beth has decided to play matchmaker for her brother, John. She begins corresponding with a mail-order bride on John's behalf--without his knowledge.

But when Dottie Tyrrell arrives things don't go as well as Beth had planned. Dottie is determined to make a better life for herself and her young son, away from the city.

John wants to help Dottie, even though he doesn't want to marry her, or anyone else for that matter. He's been burned in the past, and doesn't want to think about marriage again. But he offers her a place to stay, and he moves back in with his family.

I like how John instantly takes to Peter, he enjoys holding him stories. As John and Dottie get to know each other, they find that they have more in common than he thought, they share a passion for books and literature.

I've always liked John, he is a peacemaker, and has always been more quiet, but he knows how to tell a captivating story. I love how Dottie comes to love his quiet strength, listening ear, and gentle way with her son.

This is a great read from beginning to end, I really liked John and how he is able to quietly stand out, and is comfortable in the man that he is. Dottie and John bring out the best in each other. This was a well written book with great characters and a fast moving plot. Definitely 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."