8.04.2020

Acceptable Risk by Lynette Eason ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

A thrilling companion to Collateral Damage. Sara Denning is an Army journalist taken hostage during an attack on a school in Afghanistan, her capture brings her face to face with Gavin Black, a man she had previously dated and subsequently ghosted. Back home and discharged, she learns of her brother's suicide, and is determined to expose the dark web of lies threatening her family. 

Sara is a skilled journalist, with natural instincts for following the clues. She has a complicated relationship with her father, who is a high ranking general in the military. She is compassionate, independent, and fiercely tenacious, fighting for what is right. 

Gavin doesn't know what went wrong with Sara, but he will do whatever it takes to help her and keep her safe. I like how he is respectful and forthright with Sara, and he's the kind of guy you can't not like. He thinks on his feet, and is a good problem solver. 

While the second in a series, it works well as a stand alone too. Great pacing, plot, and character interaction make this book a stand out. Once I started I didn't want to put it down. Suspenseful, with reveals that kept me on the edge of my seat. Well balanced read, filled with faith, suspense, strong heroes, and well built character arcs. Highly recommend this fantastic read, Lynette Eason hasn't let me down yet!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

8.03.2020

Ready to Trust by Tina Radcliffe ~ Prism Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

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Ready to Trust
(Hearts of Oklahoma #2)
By Tina Radcliffe
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
July 21, 2020 by Love Inspired

Proving he’s a changed man could be his biggest challenge yet.

Rancher Reece Rainbolt’s shocked to learn he’s inherited half of Claire Ballard’s family farm—and that he’s a father. Now Claire’s determined to break ties with the man who once left her behind. But Reece will buy her half only on one condition: she must stay in town to help with the harvest…and let him get to know his little girl.


Review:

This books gets off to a great start with a fantastic first chapter, that sets the stage for the rest of the book, with it's engaging hook, and the situation that they find themselves in. 

 I liked how this book brought out the family dynamics of Reece and Claire's upbringings, as well as the dynamics of their past and how it affects their relationship. We also see how Reece and Claire have changed, and I really admired the person that Reece became. Claire is an excellent mother to her young daughter, responsible, and protective. I also liked how Reece is willing to be honest with himself about his past, and takes responsibility for that. 

A second chance romance, full of family, faith, and heart. It was a fast read for me, because it just grabbed me right out of the gate with a quick hook, and I didn't put it down. Zoe is such an adorable little girl, she is so cute! I also really enjoyed Willard, who adds some years of experience and humor to the story. Highly enjoyable and satisfying read, with amazing characters.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Finding the Road Home
(Hearts of Oklahoma #1)
By Tina Radcliffe
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
February 18, 2020 by Love Inspired

Some paths need courage to follow…

Can they find their fresh startwith roadblocks around every corner?

To care for her orphaned nieces and nephews, Daisy Anderson moved to a small town for a new deputy position—but now her job could be eliminated. With potential budget cuts looming, her only hope is to work with police chief Mitch Rainbolt to save their department’s funds. But can their fight for her job lead to something neither dared wish for: a future together?

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Tina Radcliffe is the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award-winning author of inspirational romance. She is an ACFW and Romance Writers of America Honor Roll member, and a four time ACFW Carol Award finalist. Tina is the author of fifteen inspirational romances for Harlequin HarperCollins.


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7.28.2020

The Gentleman Spy by Erica Vetsch ~ Blog Tour, Review, ang Giveaway

He only wanted a duchess for a day--but she's determined to make it a marriage for life

When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she's meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life--as a secret agent for the Crown.

But his bride has other ideas. She's determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society--the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she'd remain in the background as he ordered.

Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?


Review: 

Picking up right where the previous book left off, this book follows second son Marcus Haverly, who has up to this point been able organize his life into neat separate compartments, not mixing his secret work for the crown, with his personal life. I loved Marcus from the previous book in the series, which made slipping back into this high stakes regency world so much more enjoyable and rewarding, I'd been waiting for this book from the moment that I turned down the last page of The Lost Lieutenant--and it did NOT disappoint.

Fast paced and engaging from the start with characters that I could cheer for throughout. Charlotte is intelligent and likes to stay abreast of the current events, which is scandalous for a woman of her time. I loved her drive to be involved and do something more than just live her life going to parties and hosting them. She has a heart for others, and a passion for learning. I admired how she acts on her faith.

I also enjoyed seeing many familiar faces like Evan and Diana, who are amazing friends to Marcus and Charlotte. There was great chemistry and interaction, I like how they compliment each other and Charlotte challenges Marcus's approach to life and faith. I thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic regency read, (maybe even more than the first book), highly recommend!


I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.




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

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

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

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




What can readers look forward to in the last installment of the series, The Indebted Earl?

Between the release of The Gentleman Spy and The Indebted Earl, there will be a bonus novella! Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection releases in October of this year, and my novella, “Wonders of His Love,” is included. This novella takes us to Haverly Manor, the home of Marcus and Charlotte, for the Christmas season. Cilla Haverly, widow of the former heir, is wondering what her next step in life should be. Is she doomed to be the dowager’s companion forever, with no real place in society any longer? When an intriguing Scottish painter arrives to paint the portraits of the new Duke and Duchess of Haverly,
he ignites in Cilla a spark of independence that has the dowager’s feathers ruffled and Cilla thinking thoughts of revolt . . . and love.
And finally, in March of 2021, the last installment of The Serendipity & Secrets series, The Indebted Earl, arrives. The story of Sophie Haverly, younger sister of the duke, The Indebted Earl takes the reader to the Devon coast as Sophie and Captain Charles Wyvern navigate grief, survivor’s guilt, rambunctious orphans, a dear woman suffering early dementia, smugglers, and a growing love that neither is sure is proper.






7.27.2020

Falling for the Innkeeper by Meghann Whistler ~ Prism Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway




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Falling for the Innkeeper
By Meghann Whistler
Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
July 21, 2020 by Love Inspired

She’s the home he never expected to find.

A battle for a charming Cape Cod inn…
But what happens when romance checks in?


Single mom Laura Lessoway won’t accept her mother’s plan of selling her late grandmother’s inn without a fight. But when big-city attorney Jonathan Masters arrives to arrange an offer from his client, she’s drawn to him. And working together as he helps with repairs only brings them closer. With his career and her home on the line, can they ever find common ground?

Review: For Laura Lessoway growing up largely away from her parents, her grandmother's inn has always been the place that she called home and hopes to share that with her young daughter. But upon her grandmother's death Laura finds her mother trying to sell her refuge to a company that wants to build a seaside resort. Laura is a fantastic mother and wants to give her daughter a safe and stable place to grow up, along with the things that she never had herself. I admired her faith, and loved that she has supportive friends. Emma, her daughter is just so cute! I adored her relationship with Jonathan.

A heartwarming enemies to friends romance, both Jonathan and Laura have a lot on their minds, and their individual pasts play a large part in who they have become. Jonathan is a a man with a roadmap to life all plotted out, always chasing the next step to success, he is very driven, I loved how Laura takes him by surprise and makes him take a deeper look at his life.


This is a heartwarming read, Jonathan and Laura are characters to cheer for throughout. I enjoyed the beautiful setting, and how well they worked together as their friendship grew. There's a lot to love about this book, with strong themes of faith and family, great character growth and interaction, as well as an absolutely adorable little girl. You won't want to miss it!


I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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About the Author


Meghann Whistler writes sweet, clean contemporary Christian romance novels that WON'T make your grandmother blush. A hopeless romantic who met her husband on a blind date, Meghann recently left her marketing career to pursue her lifelong passion of writing sweet, hopeful stories that demonstrate the power of love and grace. Before settling down with her rocket scientist husband and raising three rambunctious boys, she earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. She loves to hear from her readers, who can reach her at www.meghannwhistler.com. 

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7.25.2020

How Sweet It Is by Robin Lee Hatcher ~ Grand Finale Blitz

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We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

(With its own giveaway through July 27th.)

Launch - Author Interview

What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read it?

First, I hope readers will find a sweet romance at the center of the story. I enjoy writing about two people who don’t want to fall in love but who fall in love anyway. Second and most important, I pray that readers will take one step closer to God because of something they find in How Sweet It Is.

All-of-kind Mom - Review

"Another story about some broken people finding their way.
A story about trusting, forgiveness, and love. . . . Robin Lee Hatcher writes sweet romances that show us God’s love. This book is an excellent [example] of this."

Simply Susan - Review

"Robin Lee Hatcher’s books have always been an automatic read for me. Her Legacy of Faith series has certainly been very heartwarming and poignant, this book pouring many blessings into my heart. . . . So many precious nuggets were found in this book. Highly recommended."


"When you pick up a Robin Lee Hatcher book you know it's going to be good! . . . Hatcher has done a nice job in tying the past with the present together once again. . . . I highly recommend this book because you'll not want to put it down until you finish. This book will leave you feeling full and satisfied after a good read. Kind of like a wonderful dessert."

Hearts & Scribbles - Excerpt

“Thanks. You too. How are the wedding plans?”

“That’s why I’m here. Holly and I were going over wedding-cake ideas and looking at all the bride magazines I could find.”

Jed took a half step back. “Sounds like I’m intruding after all.”

“No, you’re not. We’re done. I was about to head home.” Trixie tipped her head slightly to one side.

Jed had the sudden feeling that he was being measured, studied, put under a microscope. Not a comfortable sensation.



"This novel was a nice way to round out the Legacy of Faith series. I believe that it can be read and understood without reading the first two books in the series. However, I feel that I had a greater appreciation for the historical portion of the novel because I have read the entire series.

I thought that Jed and Holly’s relationship growth throughout the story felt realistic."

ReviewsByErin - Review

"There was a beautiful layer of faith presented, and hope for those facing family conflicts. I can imagine a lot of people will enjoy this as a light read. I would highly reco

7.23.2020

Guarded by the Soldier by Laura Scott ~ Review

My Review: 

Ryker Tillman was on the team that brought Olivia's late husband and her brother to justice, he follows his instincts, offering his protection to Olivia Habush and her son from mercenaries hot on their heels.

Fast paced, with great characters and relationship building, with a layered plot that had me on the edge of my seat. Olivia and Ryker were both people that I could cheer for throughout and I love how they both grew in their faith, and have supportive friends in their lives. I admired Olivia, she is courageous, her new faith is tested, and she is an excellent mother, fighting to keep them safe.

Ryker has been a lone wolf for a long time, but he fits right in with Olivia and Aaron. Aaron is an adorable 3 year old, and he takes to Ryker almost instantly. I admired Ryker's determination as well as his honesty with himself and willingness to take on new adventures.

I loved the intensity in this book, there is so much going on, and the plot kept me guessing, it was far from straightforward or predictable! I loved how this story builds on the backstory, but doesn't revolve around it, it instead expands on it, making it simply a jumping off point.Yet this high action energy is balanced with tender moments of faith, love, and friendship, which is one of the reasons Laura Scott is one of my favorite Love Inspired authors.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

7.22.2020

Rocky Mountain Revenge by Rhonda Starnes ~ Review and Just Read Tour

Review:

Grace Porter returns to her hometown in small town Colorado to help out at her family's vet clinic, while dodging a would-be killer bent on revenge.

Homecoming are not always happy as Grace finds out, she and her sister find themselves the target of a someone with nefarious plans. Grace is a skilled veterinarian, she's quick on her feet and wants to be there for her sister.

 Help comes in the form of her former flame Police chief Evan Bradshaw, who is a widowed single father. He is a devoted father and loves protecting the people in his town,  I admired how he is doing his best to his son a stable home and roots.

An enjoyable read, fast read, though at times it could be predictable and much of Evan and Grace's relationship was based on previous events. I loved Evan's private investigator friends, and how supportive his family is. Grace is intelligent, and has worked hard to establish herself in her career. I loved the beautiful mountain setting, the friendships, family, and intrigue. Great small town suspense!


I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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7.21.2020

How Sweet It Is by Robin Lee Hatcher ~ Prism Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway


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How Sweet It Is

(Lagacy of Faith, #3)

By Robin Lee Hatcher
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 304 Pages
July 14th 2020 by Thomas Nelson

He lost his brother. She lost her dream. Together, they might find what they’re really looking for.

Holly Stanford is doing the best she can with the restaurant she inherited from her late uncle. But after her fiancé abandons her and the business, Holly regrets having given up her dream of becoming a pastry chef. Now a few bad financial decisions might cost her everything, including her hope for the future.

Jed Henning has done well with his new company despite his prodigal brother’s behavior. When Jed‘s father, the controlling member of the board of directors, temporarily suspends operations until his sons work out their differences, Jed resentfully chases his brother, Chris, to Boise. There Jed rents a basement apartment from Holly and hopes to convince Chris to get his act together before their company collapses.

Unaware that Holly is the one person who can help him get through to Chris, Jed starts the tough work of reconciliation armed with little more than a few family photographs, a stack of old letters, and a Bible that belonged to his great-grandfather, Andrew Henning. And as romance blossoms between Holly and Jed, the story of Jed’s great-grandfather highlights the power of God across the generations and the legacy of a family’s courageous faith.

Review:

A mission of reconciliation, discovery of family history, and a chance at love.

I was thrilled to get the chance to catch up yet again with the Hennings as Andrew and Helen navigate the challenges of aging, meanwhile in the present their great grandson Jed struggles to find himself and rebuild family ties. Jed has worked non-stop the last few years to make his brother's vision a reality, taking little time for himself or personal relationships. I admired Jed for his level headed approach to things, he takes responsibility, and is a natural leader.

Holly is struggling to make ends meet, while dreaming of a future doing what she loves. I loved her heart for others and how she loves to share what she has with others, even when her life is far from perfect.

I loved returning to the Hennings family as this book continues to follow Andrew and Helen decades previous, while also catching up with their descendants in the present. The dual timelines are well written and compliment each other well. I loved the themes of faith and commitment, as Jed takes time to consider things he hasn't had time for the in the past. A heartwarming and enjoyable read about family, faith, new opportunities and lasting love.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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About the Author


Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of over 80 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Her numerous awards include the RITA Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award. Robin is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. Robin makes her home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.


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7.17.2020

The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden ~ Review

My Review:

A titled family from Romania lays claim to Libby Sawyer's home, starting a legal battle that threatens to tear her heart apart.

Engrossing, and highly enjoyable read from one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Camden. There is so much to love about this book. Libby is a strong, kind-hearted, yet vulnerable character, I loved her empathy for the Michael's family even though they are pitted against each other. Libby is a beautifully unique and relatable heroine, ostracized by the town, she is a fantastic protagonist.

This book also has some stellar supporting characters, like the children of this story, who were so bright with curiosity and love of learning. Mirela is a mysterious, but incredibly strong young woman, and I love her relationship with Michael. Michael is a very protective and straightforward, common sense man, he wants to fix things, and take care of his loved ones, yet he is also one of the most tender people in the whole book. I like how he doesn't let Libby feed into her insecurities.

I also really liked the complexities of Libby's relationship with her father, it isn't black and white, and I love that realness.

This book is a very engaging read, and I loved how the characters would never be entirely how I had pegged them from the start. This book has some of the most memorable characters, and I loved the surprising twists that this story took along the way. Strong themes of family. I highly recommend this wonderfully entertaining, memorable read about the ties of family and love.

Opinions are my own. All books reviewed are either bought by myself, borrowed from a friend, or checked out from my local library, unless otherwise stated. 

7.16.2020

Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews ~ Review

My Review:

A beautiful story of redemption, loss, and love.

This is a intriguing read that explores the mystery around the life of Job. Much of the inspiration behind this story comes from the histories hinted at in non-cannon texts and the lore of the time. I loved seeing how it all came together, placing Job as a contemporary of Jacob and Esau, taking into account the patriarch longer life spans and the political repercussions of the familial conflicts and how it affected later generations. So while this book explores things that cannot be 100 percent verified, I think it does a credible job of bringing the story together while also showing due reverence for the material.

This story is unique in many ways and Mesu Andrews deftly navigates the terrain, showing Job to be a righteous man, fair master, friend, and faithful husband, encompassing multiple love stories over the course of the book. Nogahla is absolutely delightful, I loved her forthright honesty and genuine concern for others. Dinah is a woman hardened and wisened by her experience, challenged to step out in faith, and I admired her hunger for the word of God. This author is a master of creating characters, writing realistically flawed people, making me come to care for characters that I really didn't want to like as much as I did, while also creating engaging arcs of growth that had me cheering for them.

Overall, I loved that this book took risks, but also showed reverence, while also wondering what Job's life and times might have looked like. This is well researched, with compelling characters that are human, flawed, and struggle just like we do. I have read many books by this author and it was amazing to go back to this first book that started it all, as she has become one of my favorites! I'll be honest I had my doubts about how a book about Job would be, but I should have known that Mesu Andrews could pull it off, because this book is beautiful and bittersweet in all the right ways, with a powerful message of God's goodness and how he redeems his people.

I bought this book with my own money, opinions expressed are my own.