9.15.2021

Dinah's Dilemma by Linda Shenton Matchett // Celebrate Lit Tour, Review and Giveaway



About the Book

 


Book: Dinah’s Dilemma

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: August 15, 2020

 

Will she have to run from the past for the rest of her life?

Dinah Simpkins has no chance of making a good marriage. Her outlaw brothers and her father’s gambling addiction have ruined the family’s reputation. Then the Westward Home and Hearts Matrimonial Agency provides an opportunity for a fresh start. After Dinah arrives in Nebraska, she discovers her brothers played a part in the death of her prospective groom’s first wife.

As a former Pinkerton detective Nathan Childs knows when someone is lying. The bride sent by the matrimonial agency may be beautiful, but she’s definitely hiding something, and he has no intention of marrying her until he uncovers the truth. But an easier solution may be to send her packing. Then his young daughter goes missing. He and Dinah must put aside their mutual hurt and mistrust to find her.

 

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 Review:

Dinah takes her chance at a fresh start away from the reputation that has soiled her family name, she is matched up with former Pinkerton agent and widow, Nathan Childs, who is father to a young daughter, Florence. Can Dinah and Nathan let go of the past in order to embrace the chance of a future together?

A charming mail-order bride romance, I like how Dinah bravely takes things in stride connecting quickly with Florence and working hard to prove that she can be the wife of a farmer. Nathan loves his daughter and has good intentions, but moving on isn't easy and he puts his foot in his mouth more than a few times. I liked that Nathan and Dinah are both Christians, and rely on their faith daily.

Overall this was a quick read, with a sweet plot, an adorable little girl, plenty going on, with strong themes of faith. I especially liked that Nathan has close friends that he could rely on for advice, while getting to know Dinah. I liked seeing their relationship grow over the course of the story. An enjoyable quick read for fans of arranged marriage romance and westerns!

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

About the Author



Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

 

More from Linda

Dear Reader,

 

As a novelist, I write about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. And to me, nothing is more extraordinary than leaving all that you know to travel a great distance (often thousands of miles) to marry a man you’ve never met. Don’t you agree?

 

During the initial settlement of the American West, the population was primarily composed of men. Men who went in search of gold, to seek new opportunities in farming and ranching, or to make a fresh start where land and resources seemed unlimited. Eventually, loneliness set in for those who were single, yet there was a dearth of suitable women to marry.

 

The conundrum for the men was how to meet and court a woman without leaving for fear of someone taking their land or claims. Some of the bachelors wrote home asking friends and family for referrals to single women who would make a good wife. Courtship would take place via correspondence until the couple decided they were suited to marry. The more common scenario was that of mail-order brides.

 

Ads were placed by the men in eastern newspapers. They would tell a bit about themselves and what traits they were seeking in a wife. Interested women would reply, and the advertiser would respond to the applicant he thought was a good fit. As with those men who wrote home to find a mate, the process was much the same with courtship occurring through letters.

 

Most of the time, the marriages went smoothly, with the couple falling in love, resulting in a long and happy relationship. However, there are stories of marriages that did not survive because of abandonment, abuse, death, or the discovery of a still-living spouse. A few incidents are recorded about mail-order brides whose groom paid her railway passage, only for her to marry someone else because he seemed a better prospect. Fortunately, those instances seem to make up a small percentage.

 

I hope you enjoy Dinah’s Dilemma: A Mail-Order Bride Romance.

 

Blessings,

Linda Shenton Matchett

Blog Stops

Blossoms and Blessings, September 14

Mary Hake, September 14

Labor Not in Vain, September 15

Texas Book-aholic, September 16

Inklings and notions, September 17

For Him and My Family, September 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 19

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 20

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 21

Connect in Fiction, September 22

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 22

deb’s Book Review, September 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 24

Vicky Sluiter, September 25

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 25

Connie’s History Classroom, September 26

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 27

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 27

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a Book Journal, Floral Book Plates, Bookjigs Bookmark, a $25 Visa Gift Card, and an autographed paperback edition of Dinah’s Dilemma!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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9.14.2021

Hangin' by a Moment by Andrea Christenson presented by Susan May Warren // JustRead Tour, Review and Giveaway

Hangin' by a Moment JustRead Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Hangin' by a Moment by Andrea Christenson presented by Susan May Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Hangin' by a Moment

Title: Hangin' by a Moment
Series: Deep Haven Collection #5
Author: Andrea Christenson presented by Susan May Warren
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing
Release Date: September 14, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

He just wants to erase his past. She can’t seem to escape hers. But facing it might put their future in jeopardy.

The day Jack Stewart walked out of jail, he vowed to keep his conviction a secret. The whole thing was just a terrible mistake, and he did his time. Now he wants a new life in a sleepy town where no one knows his name. Deep Haven is the perfect place to start over as a chef. The last thing the former pararescue jumper wants is to get involved. But when Boone Buckam—the guy he owes for getting him out of the slammer—asks for help, how can he refuse? 

Colleen Decker has already escaped evil once—as a teenager, she was kidnapped by a murderer. But she’s put all that behind her as a trauma nurse in Minneapolis. Or maybe not, because a freak mistake in the ER sends her past crashing down on her. She needs a timeout in her hometown of Deep Haven. She doesn’t plan to stay—even when she’s roped into the job of flight nurse for the town’s Crisis Response Team chopper. Colleen’s not sure why she’s drawn to danger, but she’ll be safe enough—after all, she’ll need training, and her teacher is a handsome former pararescue jumper. What could go wrong? 

When Jack said he didn’t want to get involved, he especially meant his heart—but being with Colleen feels like a fresh start. He’ll even climb aboard a chopper again, despite his vows.  They’re headed for a happy ending… 

But secrets never stay buried in a small town. And when disaster strikes one snowy night, they’ll both have to decide if the past will destroy them…or if it just might lead them home. 

Cozy up to this perfect Deep Haven drama about discovering a season of second chances.

Review:

Colleen Decker decides to leave the big city for her hometown of Deep Haven for some much needed R&R. Coming home feels like a step back in her career, so she agrees to take flight nurse training. Jack just wants to start over, so he takes Boone up on his offer to move to the small town of Deep Haven, where he get's a job as chef for the VFW. He has experience in pararescue, so he offers to help Collen train. 

I love these trips to Deep Haven, with its small town charm, familiar friendly faces, and new friends. I liked Colleen and Jack's chemistry as they get to know each other, as Jack helps her train and condition for the demands of being a flight nurse. Jack is very supportive, patient, and he praises her strengths. I like how he grows in his faith over the course of the story, learning that God doesn't hold his past against him anymore. 

I love that there are so many familiar faces in this story, and I loved that Colleen is the girl from a previous series, and that we get to catch up with her parents too. This series is full of gems, and I love following up with characters from the Susan May Warren universe in Deep Haven, yet you can also read these books as stand alones without any prior Susan May Warren reading experience. 

A charming read, with endearing characters, faith and plenty of heart. Great characters, setting and interaction!

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

 

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at www.susanmaywarren.com.

CONNECT WITH SUSAN: Website | FacebookInstagram | Twitter

Andrea Christenson lives in a Minneapolis, MN suburb with her husband and two daughters. When she is not busy homeschooling her girls, she loves to read anything she can get her hands on. She believes that a great loaf of artistic bread can turn a meal into a masterpiece. Andrea’s prayer is to write stories revealing God’s love.

CONNECT WITH ANDREA: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter 

Merging the creative energies of best-selling authors Susan May Warren and Lindsay Harrel, Sunrise Publishing is the matchmaker for established authors who want to build on their current success for future growth and aspiring authors looking to break out, build an audience, and hone their writing skills. 


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive 3 Hangin' by a Moment ebooks (one ebook for the winner and two to give to friends)!

Hangin' by a Moment JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight September 14, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 21, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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9.13.2021

Vindication Season One // Review


Vindication is a unique crime drama series that alters the perception of faith-based entertainment. Detective Travis (Todd Terry, Breaking Bad) has spent 15 years solving cases in the small town of East Bank, Texas. When the addition of an eager trainee upends his routine, Travis is forced to adjust his ways while balancing a growing number of suspiciously consistent cases. At home, tensions between the cynical detective and his devoutly religious wife escalate when their estranged daughter returns home. http://www.vindicationseries.com/






Review:

Vindication is a unique crime drama, that centers around Detective Travis as he interviews the suspects and witnesses, exploring how it might have happened, and it is up to Detective Travis to discern the truth. The first season introduces the characters and the format of the show, and as the season progresses we get a deeper glimpse into Travis's personal and home life. 

The episodes cover a variety of topics, with a different slant than your typical crime shows. I like how it keeps you guessing, because you only have access to the information that Travis does, so the answers aren't clear cut and sometimes he is wrong and has to backtrack. 

Each of the episodes is half and hour, and does a great job with though provoking plots, with compelling teachable moments. The show is well done, directed more towards adults and older teens, with a variety of crimes presented realistically without all the explicit details, but in a ways that can be a great conversation starter about tough topics like sexting, emotional affairs, money, marriage, drug addiction, and PTSD. One of my favorite characters is Travis's wife, who is a firm Christian who lives what she believes. 

A unique crime drama with family values and teachable moments, definitely worth checking out!

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I received a complimentary code to watch this show. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.




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Always a Wedding Planner by R.L. Ashley, Leeann Betts, Toni Shiloh, Davalynn Spencer // Celebrate Lit Tour, Review, and Giveaway



About the Books

 


Book: Always a Wedding Planner

Author: RL Ashly, Leeann Betts, Toni Shiloh, Davalynn Spencer

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release date: June 1, 2021

This collection features four stories of wedding planners who are partners at Weddings by Design, located in Loveland, Colorado. Each novella will be about 30,000 words.

Can four contemporary wedding planners break the jinx of singledom, or are they destined to witness the weddings of others?

Business partners Felicity Edwards, Kiki Bell, Cassie Blackthorn, and another who has yet to be named are best of friends in Loveland, Colorado—a romantic wedding destination for many couples—and they work together to make every bride’s special day the most important of their lives.

But each of the women hides a secret from the others, one that threatens their business, their friendship, and their happiness.

Can they work out their differences, build on their strengths, and trust each other—and God—with their futures?

 

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Review:

A group of friends come together to make dreams come true for others, will they find their own happily ever afters as well?

Finally  Sweetheart by Toni Shiloh, is a sweet romance--literally. Felicity Anderson is a baker, and a run in with a former flame leads them to reconnect. Will Davenport has been burned by love before, can Felicity and Will move past what holds them back. 

I really liked the characters from the beginning, this is the first story in the book and also introduces the ladies from subsequent stories. I loved the interaction between the characters and the engaging plot.

Hemmed In by R.L. Ashley - Kiki Bell is shocked to walk in one day to find all of her dresses, machines, and designs moved out into the garage by the new office manager of Weddings by Design. Kiki doesn't want to rock the boat so she tries to keep working around the changes, she is already busy caring for her young niece and nephew. When by chance encounter she meets local firefighter Bing Kelly, she brushes it off, but as they keep running into each other  their connect becomes to hot to ignore. 

My heart went out to the heroine in this story, Kiki really puts up with a lot and I was kinda disappointed in her friends for not picking up on things and standing up for her more. Tressa and Jack are super cute and I love how Bing connects with them right away. A fast paced read, with a humorous plot.  

The Worst Kept Secret by Leann Betts -- Cassie Blackthorn is the coordinator of Weddings by Design, meanwhile limo owner Brady is scrambling to remedy his damaged reputation. Can they overcome a series of misunderstandings to find their own happy ending?

Business partners Cassie and Brady have known each other for a long time, through work. My heart when out to Brady who is trying so hard to change the misconceptions that Cassie has of him, though the situations were quite humorous looking back! A cute romance of misunderstandings.

Taste and See by Davalynn Spencer -- When Chef Saffron "Ronnie" Delarosa loses her sense of smell it puts her off her game, and a terrible smell brings her together with cowboy plumber Ty. 

A cute story, and one of my favorites. I loved the interaction between Ty and Ronnie, as well as his adorable dogs. 

Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable collection about a group of friends are they work together to make wedding dreams come true, while also finding loves of their own. Engaging read fill with great characters, romance, and faith. 

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

About the Authors



Leeann Betts writes contemporary romantic suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical romantic suspense. Together she and Donna have published more than 30 novellas and full-length novels.

 


R.L. ASHLY is a master seamstress with a Master of Arts degree in Literature (May, 2019). S, who is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Literature.  A mother and grandmother, she is active in her local writing community, never says never to a home improvement task, and strives to one day write the Great American Novel.

RL Ashly writes on the run. She enjoys a good mystery with a complicated plot. Iced tea is her beverage of choice. Hemmed In is her first traditionally published novel.

 

DAVALYNN SPENCER is a Publisher’s Weekly and ECPA bestselling author with novellas in three Barbour collections, The 12 Brides of Christmas, The 12 Brides of Summer, and The Cowboy’s Bride. She won the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction and is the author of ten additional titles, both contemporary and historical. She blogs monthly for Christian Authors Network, Heroes, Heroines & History, contributes to the American Christian Fiction blog, and writes her own weekly inspirational blog. She appears on an area radio broadcast, Write Time Radio, and teaches writing workshops when not wrangling Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley.


Toni Shiloh
is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

 

 

 

Interview with the Authors

How did you become a writer?

Toni Shiloh: I took some creative writing classes while earning my bachelor’s degree and I caught the bug!

 

RL Ashly: In fifth grade, I was standing in the hallway of my elementary school and deep in conversation with my classmates. We were discussing writing and I told them that someday I would be a writer. That was my initial decision, but it would take a while and a bit of education before I could pursue a writing career.

 

Leeann Betts: I’m that kid in class who, when the teacher said, “Write a one-page story”, I wrote two or three pages, edge of paper to edge of paper. I loved telling stories. My parents called them ‘fibs’. In more recent years, I wondered if I had at least one book inside me that needed outing. So I sat down and tried. Messed up. Tried again. Finally, with the support of my husband who supported me and cheered me on, I finished the book, then went on to write many more.

 

Davalynn Spencer: I wrote my first story as an assignment from my sixth-grade teacher. That was all it took.

 

What is the most important thing God has taught you through your writing?

 

TS: That I can’t do this alone. I’ve been blessed with great critique partners, beta readers, readers overall. And of course a lot of other people who have helped in various ways.

 

RA: Persistence

 

LB: That He is the One who does the writing – all I do is transcribe the story. Before I write, I pray that I would do my part faithfully.

 

DS: My purpose is to proclaim Him and His faithfulness. Regardless of what happens in a character’s life or my own.

 

Writing has a lot of rejection. How do you deal with it?

 

TS: Chocolate! Lol, honestly I usually whine to my bff and pray. And maybe eat a piece of chocolate or two.

 

RA: Rejection or a closed door? The older I get, the more I understand a ‘no’ as not the right opportunity for me. A ‘no’ can certainly protect us from a frustrating situation that we might not understand at the time. That being said, rejection is hard. A strategy I find helpful is to let myself be discouraged, angry, or frustrated for a limited time period. All emotions need to be processed before I go to bed. Tomorrow is a new day, new adventures. I am a human and need to process like everyone else. But I have found setting time limits is healthy for me.

 

LB: Being a writer is much like being a follower of Jesus—there are people who love the story, and there are those who just don’t get it. In both cases, I just remind myself that they aren’t rejecting me—they are rejecting the Living Savior.

 

DS: Rejection can deteriorate into dejection if we allow it. Remembering that Christ too was rejected helps ease the sting. But so does remembering to keep going. Keep doing. Keep writing. Quitting is the enemy of obedience.

 

Who is your support for writing? Family? Writing group?

 

TS: My husband definitely supports me and then I have my circle of writing friends. They’ve been along for the majority of my writing career and have helped me become better with each book.

 

RA: Definitely my critique group. Leeann Betts is the leader, and the entire group are great cheerleaders.

 

LB: My husband is a huge support, as are my critique group, my writing friends, and my readers. I love hearing from readers, and always respond.

 

DS: I have many author friends and I enjoy spending time with them sharing commons struggles and victories.

 

Who are some of your favorite authors (either secular or Christian)?

 

TS: There are too many to name! I love all books by Sarah Monzon, Jaycee Weaver, Andrea Boyd, Becky Wade, Melissa Tagg, Ronie Kendig, Lynn Blackburn, etc.

 

RA: My biggest addiction is reading. I read whatever I can get my hands on including the cereal box. If I cannot read, then I will listen to an audio book. It is impossible to pick a favorite author. Everything from Socrates and Plato to Jane Austen and every contemporary writer on the planet right now.

 

LB: Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

 

DS: C.S. Lewis, Tamera Alexander, Laura Frantz, Louis L’Amour.

 

Do you have a favorite routine for writing?

 

TS: I put on my playlist that I create for each book then write. 🙂

 

RA: Rather than climb the walls in my house, I sit in parking lots and write my novels. Open space parks are nice too. Now that things are returning to more of a normal situation, it is easier for me to write at home. I keep my tablet and notepad in a bag for easy access. I haul that thing around everywhere I go. Then if a great idea pops into my head, I can jot it down on paper or electronically.

I do not really have a routine. Between work and chasing grandbabies, I need to write on the go. This way of writing would drive most people nuts. But it is the only way I can get things done. I catch a little bit of time on my lunch break, and before and after work.

 

LB: No routine, apart from praying to faithfully transcribe. I wish I could have something, like music, or candles. But I don’t.

 

DS: I sit down at my computer with a cup of coffee and jump right in. During the colder months of the year, I sit by the fire in my rocker and write on my laptop. With  coffee close by.

 

Tell us about your most recent book. What inspired you?

 

TS: I actually just kind of brainstormed and let the character develop in my mind. 🙂

 

RA: Hemmed In is a story about a seamstress and a firefighter. As a professional seamstress, my world revolves around sewing.  It was a natural choice to make the lead character a seamstress. My late uncles and aunts were the inspiration behind the story. My uncles stepped up to the plate, married my aunties, and became fathers to my cousins. They treated them as their own. The word ‘step’ did not refer to people. The only ‘step’ in their vocabularies were the ones outside leading to the front door. That left a lasting impression upon me.

 

LB: Worst-Kept Secret, my contribution to this collection, came as the result of a brainstorming session with my late writing friend, Darlene Franklin. We were coming up with ideas for collections. We started with “Always a Bridesmaid” then thought, “nah, that’s been done to death”. So “Always a Wedding Planner” came out, contemporary, which was a change, since the other collections were all historical. To create the heroine, I made her a lot like me. Introverted, afraid to disappoint, wanting to please.

 

DS: A Change of Scenery, Book 4 in the Canon City Chronicles series, focuses on the third generation of the Hutton family in 1911. Canon City was an early Hollywood, hosting movie makers of the silver screen. When I was a reporter for the newspaper in Canon City, I often visited the local History Center and Museum for stories from the past. Discovering so much intriguing movie history from this area led me to create characters around actual events and bring them to life in my Western-romance series.

 

Anything else you’d like to tell my readers?

 

TS: I hope you enjoy Always a Wedding Planner!

 

 RA: I have a cat named Messy. She is better than any alarm clock. Woe to the human who does not get out of bed on time and put food in the dish.

 

LB: I am a Canadian by birth, American by choice (naturalized), and a patriot to my core.

 

DS: Nope, that’s it.

Blog Stops

Debbie's Dusty Deliberations, September 3

Inklings and notions, September 4

By The Book, September 4

For Him and My Family, September 5

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 5

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 6

Kayem Reads, September 6

Texas Book-aholic, September 7

lakesidelivingsite, September 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 8

Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting, September 9

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 10

She Lives To Read, September 10

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, September 11

deb's Book Review, September 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 12

Labor Not in Vain, September 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 13

Splashes of Joy, September 14

Through the Fire Blogs, September 14

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 15

Pause for Tales, September 15

Simple Harvest Reads, September 16 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)


Giveaway



To celebrate their tour, R.L., Toni, Leann and Davalynn are giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a print copy of the book (US only)!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

 https://promosimple.com/ps/116b7/always-a-wedding-planner-celebration-tour-giveaway

9.11.2021

Aspen Crossroads by Janine Rosche // JustRead Tour, Review and Giveaway

Aspen Crossroads JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Aspen Crossroads by Janine Rosche, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Aspen Crossroads

Title: Aspen Crossroads
Series: A Whisper Canyon Romance #1
Author: Janine Rosche
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: August 24, 2021
Genre: Western Romance

To protect those most vulnerable, Haven Haviland must trust her heart–and her regrets–to a mysterious newcomer in this moving contemporary romance. 

Few in the community of Whisper Canyon have actually met Jace Daring, a handsome recluse who lives at Aspen Crossroads, the farm at the edge of town. But that doesn’t stop the rumors about the multiple women who live with him. He must protect the truth–that his farm-to-table restaurant will provide new livelihoods for women rescued from human trafficking–or he risks the safety and futures of those relying on him. But he can’t do it alone. 

Haven Haviland has always been everyone’s safe place to fall until one mistake closes her counseling practice and leaves her open to the town’s gossip. Trusting men has gotten her in trouble before. However, accepting Jace’s job offer to mentor the rescued women seems like the perfect way to right her wrongs. 

When the mayor’s campaign to clean up Whisper Canyon targets Aspen Crossroads, the restaurant comes under fire, dangers from the women’s pasts are awakened, and Haven’s sins are exposed for all to see. Jace would sacrifice himself to save Haven and the women under his care, but his efforts might not be enough. And in the end, it might not be the women most in need of saving after all.

Review:

Haven Haviland signs on at Aspen Crossroads, after a misstep has her closing her counseling practice. There she meets Jace, a man  shrouded in mystery and rumors. When the mayor of Whisper Canyon targets Aspen Crossroads in his goals to clean up the town, Jace and Haven must fight to save Aspen Crossroads. 

Twisted family histories come to the surface as Jace and Haven work to make a Aspen Crossroads a success. Jace can be reclusive, but he is kind, with a heart for his work and farming. I loved the chemistry between them when they first met. And I liked how they came to trust and depend on each other as Haven becomes more and more comfortable in her new job. There is a full cast of characters, in their small town, and at Aspen, and it was fun getting to know the ladies. 

There is definitely a lot going on with current concerns about the mayor trying to close the center and trying to get the restaurant going. A clean read with winsome characters, overcoming their pasts and standing up to injustice. A well written read!

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janine Rosche 

Prone to wander, Janine Rosche finds as much comfort on the open road as she does at home. This longing to chase adventure, behold splendor, and experience redemption is woven into her Madison River Romance and Whisper Canyon series. When she isn’t writing or traveling, she teaches family life education courses to college students, takes too many pictures of her sleeping dogs, and embarrasses her four children and husband with boy band serenades. Learn more online at janinerosche.com, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

CONNECT WITH JANINE: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a Society 6 Mountain Morning Tote, Live By Faith Journal, & “Stay Home or Go Roam” Hoodie from the soon-to-be-released Love Wander Read apparel collection!

Aspen Crossroads JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight September 7, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 14, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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9.08.2021

Since You've Been Gone by Tari Faris // Review

Lucie's Review:

Leah Williams comes back to her hometown ready to resurrect her grandfather's business. Jonathan Kensington wants to help her make the business a success, but he is receiving pressure from all directions, together can they strike a compromise?

Jonathan is a really great guy pulled in a multitude of directions, he is so patient with Leah and her unswerving stubbornness. At times it was hard to like Leah, especially when she was upset with Jonathan who was doing his best to juggle all of his responsibilities and please everyone. Plus, he made some pretty valid points.   

Overall, a sweet small town romance, featuring familiar faces from previous books, with dual storylines. My favorite in this book probably had to be Jonathan. A nice addition to the series.

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

9.07.2021

The Letter Keeper by Charles Martin // Review


Review:
At times an action thriller, and at others a heart-tugging romance, Charles Martin is back with the second installment in the Murphy Shepherd series. 

Picking up in the previous book, Murph continues to risk his life to safe the one, but when the traffickers target his newfound family he will stop at nothing to bring them home. 

Filled with moments of non-stop action mixed with heartwarming moments, this book never stops for breath. I liked how we get to learn more about the inner workings of Free Town, as well as Murph's backstory. The story is nothing short of cinematic and larger than life, compelling and action packed, it is a difficult book to put down. Christian faith is alluded to, but not discussed plainly. Though not overly explicit this book talks about human trafficking in honest terms as well as the trauma experienced by the victims. 

A must read for anyone who read The Water Keeper, as it follows the same characters as they face new challenges. Heart-tugging, romantic, and heroic you won't want to miss it. 

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

9.05.2021

Church by A. W. Tozer // Review

Review:
Originally penned decades ago, A. W. Tozer's insights on the church still ring startlingly true today. Speaking in his signature straightforward yet eloquent style that cuts to the heart of the matter, Mr. Tozer writes of what church should and should not be, as well as the importance of a community of believers, holding to biblical truth.

Mr. Tozer's writings never fail to encourage and challenge, his high esteem of Scripture is evident throughout his writings. I especially enjoyed the chapters on spiritual gifts in the church as well as the one on worship.

His passion for God is infectious, and I appreciate his sound, clear cut preaching that is concise and effective. Like everything else I have read by Tozer, I can't recommend it enough!

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

Beyond the Tides by Liz Johnson // Review

Review:

In order to stop her father from selling the family business to her high school nemesis, Meg Whitaker decides to give it all up to learn the ropes working alongside the man who cost her her dreams.

Set on the beautiful shores of Prince Edward Island, Meg and Oliver are fighting for the highly coveted lobster fishing license that has been in Meg's family for decades. But fighting for the same thing also mean working together, I liked the way that Oliver and Meg came to depend on each other, as well as how we get a deeper insight into Oliver's home life growing up. Oliver is a good man with a strong moral compass, and I admired his faith in letting go when he wanted most to hold on. 

Overall, an engaging read, with great emotional depth and well built characters that were easy to root for throughout. I really liked how this book doesn't shy away from digging into topics of faith, and I loved the progression of Oliver and Meg's friendship. Meg's father is a wonderful man, and I loved his imparted wisdom, as well as his love for Meg's mother. Excellent read from beginning to end!


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

The Cryptographer's Dilemma by Johnnie Alexander // Celebrate Lit Tour, Review and Giveaway



About the Book

 


Book:  The Cryptographer’s Dilemma

Author: Johnnie Alexander

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Release date: August, 2021

A Code Developer Uncovers a Japanese Spy Ring

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.

FBI cryptographer Eloise Marshall is grieving the death of her brother, who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor, when she is assigned to investigate a seemingly innocent letter about dolls. Agent Phillip Clayton is ready to enlist and head oversees when asked to work one more FBI job. A case of coded defense coordinates related to dolls should be easy, but not so when the Japanese Consulate gets involved, hearts get entangled, and Phillip goes missing. Can Eloise risk loving and losing again?

 

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Review:

Singled out for a special assignment, Eloise Marshall, a codebreaker with the US Navy, is determined to serve her country and do her part for the War effort. Phillip wants nothing more than to serve his country, but unable to enlist he asks his uncle to find him a way to serve in the FBI. An encrypted letter sets Phillip and Eloise on the trail of a Japanese informant, will they be able to stop the informant before it's too late?

An engaging historical novel about the sacrifices of the men and women fighting the war on the home front. Phillip and Eloise are excellent heroes that you can cheer for throughout, I liked how they grew as friends over the course of the book, and that they could confide in each other and talk about their faith together. Eloise is brilliant, but humble, and I love that she does the best that she can with what she is given. Uncle Lawrence is an excellent supporting character, who encourages them along the way. 

Overall, a well written novel about the heroes who fought from the home front, with building tension throughout. A well paced read, with an engaging plot, as they piece the clues together. Highly enjoyable read, with excellent characters, definitely recommend!

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

About the Author

Johnnie Alexander creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won’t forget in a variety of genres. An award-winning, best-selling novelist, she serves on the executive boards of Serious Writer, Inc. and the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference, co-hosts Writers Chat, and interviews other inspirational authors for Novelists Unwind. Johnnie lives in Oklahoma with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon. Connect with her at www.johnnie-alexander.com and other social media sites via https://linktr.ee/johnniealexndr.

 

More from Johnnie

American Traitor in WWII

 

Not all secret messages involve substitution codes where random letters and numbers replace the original letters and numbers. Velvalee Dickinson, a doll collector who owned a doll shop on Madison Avenue in New York City, used jargon code to pass along information to the Japanese about the U.S. ships that had been damaged at Pearl Harbor.

 

Here’s an excerpt from one of the letters (as originally written):

 

The only new dolls I have are THREE LOVELY IRISH dolls. One of these three dolls is an old Fisherman with a Net over his back—another is an old woman with wood on her back and the third is a little boy….I can only think of our sick boy these days. You wrote me that you had sent a letter to Mr. Shaw, well I want to see MR. SHAW he distroyed Your letter, you know he has been Ill. His car was damaged but is being repaired now. I saw a few of his family about. They all say Mr. Shaw will be back to work soon.

 

Velvalee, who the FBI nicknamed The Doll Woman, wrote this letter on her Underwood typewriter. She used the return address and forged the signature of one of her regular customers, Mary Wallace of Springfield, Ohio. Then Velvalee mailed the letter to an address in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

Unknown to Velvalee, the Japanese had abandoned the Buenos Aires address as a drop point. The letter was marked “return to sender.” When Mrs. Wallace received it, she turned it in to the Post Office Director in Springfield who passed it along to the FBI.

 

Cryptographers determined that the letter was written in jargon code. To the casual reader, the letter is about dolls. But the intended recipient would have understood it’s about much more than that.

 

In this example, only one of five letters given to the FBI between February and August of 1942,

cryptographers decoded the message as follows:

 

  • Old Fisherman with a Net over his back ~ refers to an aircraft carrier which has anti-torpedo nettings on its sides.
  • Old woman with wood on her back ~ refers to an older battleship, one made of wood.
  • A little boy plus our sick boy ~ a damaged ship.

 

Cryptographers believed that the words Mr. Shaw and Your were purposely capitalized and that the word distroyed was purposely misspelled to draw attention to them. Mr. Shaw referred to the USS Shaw, a destroyer (distroy + your = destroyer).

 

The remainder of the letter says Mr. Shaw is ill but “will be back to work soon.”

 

The ship was in dry dock at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. As the heroine in The Cryptographer’s Dilemma explains, “About two weeks before this letter was written, it [the USS Shaw] was undergoing repairs in San Francisco.”

 

In the novel, Eloise Marshall is a naval cryptographer who teams up with FBI agent Phillip Clayton, to find the person responsible for forging the signatures on the letters. Their search takes them from Washington, DC to the Springfield, Ohio, to the west coast and back again. On their journey, Eloise will confront an unexpected specter from her past and Phillip will risk his life to save hers.

Blog Stops

Life of Literature, August 25

Where Faith and Books Meet, August 25

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 25

Debbie's Dusty Deliberations, August 26

Reflections From my Bookshelves, August 26

Library Lady's Kid Lit, August 27

Bizwings Blog, August 27

Daysong Reflections, August 27

Texas Book-aholic, August 28

A Baker's Perspective, August 28

Inklings and notions, August 29

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 29

For Him and My Family, August 30

Simple Harvest Reads, August 30 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Older & Smarter?, August 31

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, August 31

Aryn the Libraryan 📚, September 1

Rebecca Tews, September 1

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, September 2

deb's Book Review, September 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 3

Blossoms and Blessings, September 3

Mary Hake, September 3

Connie's History Classroom, September 4

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, September 4

Sodbusterliving, September 4

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 5

Labor Not in Vain, September 5

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 6

Moments, September 6

Splashes of Joy, September 6

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 7

Pause for Tales, September 7

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Johnnie is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

 https://promosimple.com/ps/1161a/the-cryptographer-s-dilemma-celebration-tour-giveaway

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