The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow by Olivia Newport ~ Review

The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow (Avenue of Dreams, #2)

Lucie's Review:

Charlotte Farrow continues to keep her secret, but when the woman caring for her child suddenly quits, and when her baby is discovered it is assumed that the baby was abandoned. Charlotte is left to watch silently while the family makes plans for her child, but can she keep herself and her child safe from those who would do them harm?

The sequel to Ms. Newport's The Pursuit of Lucy Banning, continues to follow Charlotte Farrow, and we finally get to find out about her past and what she was running from. I wouldn't say that is totally nescessary that you read the first book in the series before picking this one up, but I would not that it does help fill in the some of the setting and backround.

Charlotte learned about love and overcoming fear, I liked how this book followed Charlotte and how we got to see the Gilded Age through the eyes of a servant instead of someone who was wealthy. I guess the one thing that gives me pause was how even though Charlotte was in a tight situation, it got even worse and she hurt many people by not speaking up. I really felt bad for Elizabeth because she just wanted someone to love and Charlotte hurt her the most by not speaking up right away, so I really hope that Elizabeth get's a happy ending in future books :)

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!

“Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Secretly Smitten by Collen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt & Denise Hunter ~ Litfuse Blog Tour & Review

Secretly Smitten

Review: Fun-filled easy to read stories!

This was a delightlful collection of stories and I loved how all of the main characters from each of the stories really interacted with each other throughout all of the stories, because they are all a family so it was like a whole inter-connected series in one volume!

I loved how these stories were so well written and fun to read, and relax with. There was a mystery that wove all four of the stories together, and alot of love and laughter. I absolutely loved this small-town romance novella collection. I think you will to!

Overall, a lovely read that is wonderfully enjoyable. I loved visiting Smitten and I can't wait to go back!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

About the Book: 
Summer, fall, winter, spring-Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery!

There's a secret in Grandma Rose's attic-a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the attic?
The mystery intrigues Rose's three granddaughters-Tess, Clare, and Zoe-and they decide to investigate, though their mother, Anna, warns against meddling. But as the seasons turn and the mystery unravels, the three young women and their mother encounter some intriguing mystery men of their own. Has a sixty-year-old puzzle sparked something new for this close-knit family of women?

Join popular romance novelists-and real-life BFFs-Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for four delightful intertwined tales of mystery and sweet intrigue.

Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/gM679

Meet the Authors: RITA-finalist Colleen Coble is the author of several best-selling romantic suspense novels, including "Tidewater Inn", and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. * Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year award, Kristin Billerbeck has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times. Her books include "A Billion Reasons Why" and "What a Girl Wants." * Denise Hunter is the award-winning and best-selling author of several novels, including "A Cowboy's Touch" and "Sweetwater Gap." She and her husband are raising three boys in Indiana. * Diann Hunt has lived in Indiana forever, been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, her dog, and, well, chocolate.

Find out more about Coble, Billerbeck, Hunter, Hunt here.

Check out all the great stops on this tour: http://litfusegroup.com/author/Smitten

The "gals" are celebrating the release of Secretly Smitten with a fun Live Webcast on February 5th. They'll be debuting the *NEW* animated Smitten trailer, giving away tons of prizes, dishing on the book and their friendship. They'll also be wrapping up the Secretly Smitten blog tour, answering audience questions and testing your trivia skills. Don't miss the fun and bring your friends. Click here to RSVP and set up a reminder.


Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore ~ Review

Angel Eyes (Angel Eyes, #1)

My Review:

Brielle returns to her hometown a different person after a traumatic event that happened in the city.
Brielle meets a mysterious boy named Jake with a unique gift that makes him a target for supernatural forces, in a battle between good and evil.

While this book was well written and executed speculative fiction, I found that this book wasn't particularly my flavor but I still appreciated it's depth and the storytelling elements.
Ms. Dittemore wrote the characters in first-person, present tense so it was easy to understand what the characters were feeling, yet I didn't learn everything right away which kept me in suspenseful ignorance for quite awhile, because I was trying to figure everything out!

I guess the problem I had with it was that with all the angels and demons in the fore-front, God seemed very distant. But overall this book just wasn't my style, though I still very much appreciated the poignancy. A book to read with discernment.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Buy the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Eyes-Shannon-Dittemore/dp/1401686354/

Author Website - http://www.shannondittemore.com/

Author Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/ShannonDittemore

Check out all the other great stops on this tour!

Gillian Adams Julie Bihn Beckie Burnham Theresa Dunlap Nikole Hahn Jeremy Harder Jason Joyner Carol Keen Emileigh Latham Shannon McDermott Meagan @ Blooming with Books Rebecca LuElla Miller Anna Mittower Faye Oygard Nathan Reimer Chawna Schroeder Jessica Thomas Rachel Starr Thomson Steve Trower Dona Watson Shane Werlinger Phyllis Wheeler


The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen ~ Litfuse Tour and Review

The Tutor's Daughter
Lucie's Review: "The best regency book I've ever read!"

After reading this book I couldn't "get into" anything else for days! The Tutor's Daughter was just that good, it haunted me for days. I loved everything about it, there wasn't a thing that I didn't like about it! I don't read much regency era novels, but when I read this one it skyrocketed to the top of my favorites list, and I will definitely be re-reading it!

Emma and Henry's characters had such depth, and realness to them, and their relationship grew naturally and beautifully. There were mysteries and secrets, against a breath-taking setting, that Ms. Klassen brought to life magnificently, I couldn't help but fall in love with this book and it's characters!

Overall, this book had a wonderfull Jane Eyre feel to it, with mystery, romance, intrigue, and so many intricate threads that kept me guessing until the end! A new favorite for me, that I highly recommend!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!!

About the Book:
Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father when his boarding school fails, accompanies him to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But soon after they arrive and begin teaching the two younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte at night, only to find the music room empty? And who begins sneaking into her bedchamber, leaving behind strange mementos?
The baronet's older sons, Phillip and Henry Weston, wrestle with problems-and secrets-of their own. They both remember the studious Miss Smallwood from their days at her father's academy. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her...
When suspicious acts escalate, can Emma figure out which brother to blame and which to trust with her heart?

Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/gI7qC 
Meet the Author: Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance for The Silent Governess (2010) and The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Find out more about Julie at http://www.julieklassen.com/.
Check out all of the other great stops on this tour: http://litfusegroup.com/author/JKlassen
Julie is celebrating by giving away one of the new Paperwhite Kindles, Downton Abbey (season 3) and hosting a fun Author Chat Party on Facebook. (January 31st)


One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Paperwhite
  • Downton Abbey, Season 3
  • A Julie Klassen library (The Tutor’s Daughter, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 30th. Winner will be announced at "The Tutor's Daughter Author Chat Party on January 31st. Connect with Julie, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be great giveaways - gift certificates, books and season 3 of Downton Abbey!

So grab your copy of The Tutor's Daughter and join Julie on the evening of the January 31st for a chance to connect with Julie and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 31st!


A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano ~ Review

A Change of Fortune (Ladies of Distinction, #1)

My Review: I could neither put this book down nor stop smiling!

Lady Eliza Sumner has had her fortune stolen away from her by her father's most trusted advisor and her former governess, so Eliza has found herself in America and on a mission to reclaim what rightfully belongs to her family. Along the way she make many lifelong friends as well has the handsome Hamilton Beckett, who also happens to be the most eligible bachelor in town!
Eliza came to America to reclaim her fortune, but is it possible that she found so much more?

I absolutely loved this book, and will definitely be adding it to my favorites shelves! Ms. Turano has written a wonderfully entertaining tale full of adventure, mystery, laughter, and romance, with page turning action that doesn't slow. There were so many memorable moments, be they emotional, cute, witty, or just funny!

Eliza was a plucky character, who also had a softer side, and made for an excellent main character. I loved how Hamilton saw Eliza even when she was in a horrendous disguise and a puce dress. And Piper and Ben were just so cute! Agatha was a such a fun character with big ideas and heart that craved adventure.

There were so many twists in the plot, and so many wonderful larger-than-life-lovable characters that I can't wait to find out more about! I would love to read about Greyson and his adventures, because I'm sure he has many stories to tell, and a few more secrets to reveal! I finished this book hungry for the next one, counting the days until I can revisit all the of the wonderful characters and their world! It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a book so well. A book that I would most certainly highly recommend!

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Ms. Turano for letting me read your amazing book!


Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport ~ Review

Accidentally Amish

Lucie's Review:

Annalisa Friesen is the co-owner of a computer programming business, but when she starts to suspect that something is terribly amiss between her business partner and her ex-boyfriend. Annie makes a spur of the moment decision to escape them and winds up on Amish farm, where she begins to bring to light pieces of her family's past.
Jacob Bieler comes to America and faces the hardship of starting over in a new world, losing his wife, and trying raise his five children on his own. Will he be able to make a new life for his family in America.

Ms. Newport has written a wonderfully intriguing novel, that intertwines two emotionally charged tales. Honestly I finished this book and wasn't really wowed by it, but then...I thought about it and realized that I actually really enjoyed it and appreciated the emotional complexities. This book just grew on me!

I really liked Jacob's side of the story and how he rebuilt his family, yet I really appreciated how Annie learned to slow down and not let technology eat away her life.

Overall, this book really surprised me in how much I liked it. Yet I don't think that I could ever convert to being Amish for a host of reason, I could see that for Annie that direction might not be a bad thing. There was a lot going on, and it was fun to see all the pieces come together. I will definitely be reading the sequel! A great read!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!



The Heart of a Soiled Dove by Sarah Jae Foster ~ Review

The Heart of a Soiled Dove (Book #1)
Faye's Review:

Aurora Young has escaped a life of prostitution, and has taken her second chance to start over very seriously. A new believer in Christ all she wants to do is get away from her past and live a normal life. But when she purchases a ranch and stirs up trouble in town, it isn't long before trouble is knocking on her door again. Will Aurora and her new-found friends be able to band together and turn the town around?

Ms. Foster has written a lovely tale, with a strong-willed, determined, and noble heroine. I loved how Aurora didn't just want to change her life, but she wanted to show others the same kindness and love that Christ had shown her.

The story started out slower than I would have liked, but as I got to know the characters and the plot thickened I found myself quite enjoying it. Definitely a book that get's better as it goes.

Overall a lovely tale, that I enjoyed more than I thought I would, when I first started. I guess I wish that there had been more interactions between Donovan and Aurora as friends, and building their trust. I will definitely be watching out for more of Ms. Foster's books in the future!

I received this book from the author in return for an honest review. Thanks!


Shadow Eyes by Dusty Crabtree

Dusty Crabtree
Today we have special guest Dusty Crabtree, the author of Shadow Eyes, here with us today!

About the Author: Dusty Crabtree has been a high school English teacher since 2006, a challenge she thoroughly enjoys. She is also a youth sponsor at Cherokee Hills Christian Church in Oklahoma City and feels very blessed with the amazing opportunities she has to develop meaningful relationships with teens on a daily basis. She resides with her husband, Clayton, in Yukon, Oklahoma, where they often serve their community as
foster parents. Apart from the obvious reading and writing, she also enjoys serving on the praise team and drama team at church and watching movies. Shadow Eyes is Dusty’s first novel, but there will definitely be more to come!

Welcome! I’m so excited to be interviewing you!   
Please share with us one fact about you that not many people know. And free to have fun with the question!

Ahem…My name is Dusty Crabtree and I have a mild case of OCD. Everything on my desk at work (I’m a teacher) has to be in its rightful spot, I rearrange things all the time around my house, sometimes without even realizing it, and I get called on it, and the other day I initialed by something in red pen…then realized all the other initials were in black pen…so I wrote over mine with black - not because I wanted to fit in, mind you, but because the random red ink that stood out was bothering me. Lol! My main character may or may not have similar traits…

Which fictional literary character most inspired/inspires you?

Goodness, there are so many strong literary characters in my genre! It’s hard, but I would probably pick one of the female protagonists from one of my favorite series – either Katniss (Hunger Games) for her inner strength, independence, and loyalty or Tris (Divergent) for her courage, drive, and kick-butt-ness! Oddly enough, though, because of the way the plot in Shadow Eyes unfolds, my protagonist takes a while to find her inner strength.

What book(s) are you reading, or have read lately?

I finished Rapture (the last of the Fallen series) recently and was sad to see the series end, but it was great! The most recent book I read, though, was another Musa book, Daughter of Earth and Sky, the sequel to Persephone. Awesome series that kind of combines mythology and urban fantasy! I’m really itching to read Finale (last of the Hush Hush series) next! Then it’s The Mark of Athena!

What piece of writing advice have you received that was most helpful to you?

Don’t feel bad about spending time writing. Of course, it’s hard to juggle everything in your life as a writer, especially when you have a normal job like me, but if you’re a true writer, you just have to give yourself the time to pursue your passion…and get the story written!

Where can readers connect with you?

I love talking with people about books, whether it’s mine or not, so hit me up!

Blog is http://dustycrabtree.wordpress.com/

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dusty.crabtree.1

Twitter at https://twitter.com/dustycrabtree

Thank you so much for giving me the pleasure of an interview with you! And I wish you the very best with your newest release!

Shadow EyesHere's the Blurb for Shadow Eyes:

Iris Kohl lives in a world populated by murky shadows that surround, harass, and entice unsuspecting individuals toward evil. But she is the only one who can see them. She’s had this ability to see the shadows, as well as brilliantly glowing light figures, ever since an obscure, tragic incident on her fourteenth birthday three years earlier.

Although she’s learned to cope, the view of her world begins to shift upon the arrival of three mysterious characters. First, a handsome new teacher whose presence scares away shadows; second, a new friend with an awe-inspiring aura; and third, a mysterious and alluring new student whom Iris has a hard time resisting despite already having a boyfriend.

As the shadows invade and terrorize her own life and family, she must ultimately revisit the most horrific event of her life in order to learn her true identity and become the hero she was meant to be.

You can find out more about Shadow Eyes here: http://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=176

And you can purchase it at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Eyes-ebook/dp/B0074VOH16/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358025413&sr=8-1&keywords=shadow+eyes

Or at Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadow-eyes-dusty-crabtree/1107226298?ean=2940014754057

View the book trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7UP9A0Fm78



Crochet One-Skein Wonders edited by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman ~ Review

Crochet One-Skein Wonders
My Review: A lovely book to help you use up all of your yarn scraps!

If you are a crocheter, or knitter, you probably have tons of left over yarn with no clue what to make with it. But this fun book has 101 crochet projects to help you solve that problem, and most of them make wonderful gifts!

For me the only real problem with this book was that I don't have a lot of left over fine yarns laying around because they are so expensive, so there were quite a few projects that I wasn't able to attempt. But I liked how there were alot of cute and quick scarf patterns, that came in handy around Christmas for great gifts.

The patterns were well written and easy to understand with both written instructions and sometimes a graph as well, so if there is a any confusion a graph is available for quick reference. Personally I would have liked a little more variety in the patterns for worsted weight yarn, but I know that is a tall order, and there aren't a ton of things you can make with so little yarn. But what this book showed me how to make was super cute, and perfect for gifting.

Overall, a book worth checking out. Especially if you are looking for cute gifts to crochet with yarn you already have :) 

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


Yellowstone Memories by Jennifer Rogers Spinola ~ Review

Yellowstone Memories: Four-in-One Collection
Lucie's Review: A collection of redemptive stories and restored relationships.

This series took me a bit by surprise because they aren't your typical novella sweet romances. They are tales of broken relationships and their journey of restoration through forgiveness and a lot of faith.

These stories were heartfelt and definitely unique in that they weren't at all what I was expecting! This collection read more like snapshots in history, of people and their relationships.

Overall, this wasn't what I was expecting, but I was able to appreciate it for what it was. It had touching stories, and one that I couldn't help but think ended a bit abruptly.
A nice novella collection :)

I received this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!

Lovelier than Daylight by Rosslyn Elliott ~ Review

Lovelier Than Daylight

Lucie's Review:

Susanna Hanby is on a quest to find and protect her sister, Rachel's, children who have disappeared. But when Susanna, who has strong temperance leanings, crosses paths with Johann Giere the heir to a German brewery sparks fly and her convictions are tested.
Johann on the other hand dreams of a career in journalism, in New York City. Can Susanna and Johann join forces to rescue Rachel's children?

The final installment in the Hanby Legacy delves into the question of Christians and alcohol, which I thought that Ms. Elliott dealt with very well, though it is a very tricky subject to tackle, just like in the situations in this story.

I loved the characters, Johann was a gentleman, who went out of his way to help Susanna and her family, in ways that not many people would. Yet he had his dreams. Susanna was passionate about protecting her sister's children and, I loved her spirit and determination.

Overall, Ms. Elliott's books are always a pleasure to read because of her excellent story telling skills and her classic style. And this book was no exception. A great book for fans of Ms. Elliot's previous installments in this series and new fans alike :)

I received this book from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!


Waiting for Spring by Amanda Cabot ~ Revell Blog Tour & Review

Waiting for Spring

Lucie's Review:

Charlotte starts over in Cheyenne, and runs a small dress shop. Charlotte is hiding from the infamous Barron, who believes that she is in possession of stolen goods. Barrett has decided to run for a public office, once Wyoming becomes a state, but in order to promote his image as a family man he needs a wife.
Can Charlotte keep her son, and her heart, safe?

Amanda Cabot has written a wonderfully engaging tale, full of mystery, romance, and many plot twists, that keep the pages turning! I was so happy to read Charlotte's story after reading the first book in the series, though this novel can be completely stand alone.

Ms. Cabot does an excellent job of representing a young Wyoming, before statehood. And I love Ms. Cabot writes about the wonderful state where she resides, and I could tell that she put some time into the research to make sure the facts were accurate.

Overall, and excellent read that I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters were well developed and interacted naturally and realistically. A book that I highly recommend!

“Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. Thank you!

Choices of the Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes ~ Revell Blog Tour & Review

Choices of the Heart (The Midwives, #3)

Lucie's Review:

Esther is a trained midwife who has worked at her mother's side. But then comething happens that sends her to the mountains and straight into the middle of a feud between two mountain clan families.

I hate to say this, but to me it just didn't feel like this book lived up to the potential or use all the great material in the backround. While there was a good mystery, and a lovely setting, there were some things in the plot that just make sense to me. I won't go into a lot of detail because I don't want to give too much away, but there were details that just didn't seem to make sense to me, especially in the way that the main characters interacted.

Overall this book just kinda let me down, and while it was a nice read and Esther was a great character, she never was able to truly let go of her misplaced guilt, and I felt like the Esther suffered so much more than she should have and that some people could have been less condemning of her. So i guess this just wasn't the book for me :/ I've read other books by Ms. Eakes in the past and this one just wasn't a favorite. There was plenty going on, with the feud and the many mysteries that get unravelled bit by bit. And Esther learned that no matter how far you go you can never run away from God. So while this wasn't exactly my kind of book, there were parts that I enjoyed and I look forward to reading more books from this author in the future.

“Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I received this book from the author in return for an honest review. Thanks!




Hey there! I've been cleaning my house out and trying to make room for more books and in general just trying to keep my bookshelves from dying of exhaustion, so I've decided to have a bookswap!

It's very simple just post a list of "wants" and "haves" in the comment section below along with your rules and specifications (i.e. I can only ship to U.S. residents).  And make sure to post your email addy in a spam protected format (i.e. crazi.swans at gmail dot com) so that you won't get spammed and so you can contact other participants for swap arrangements. The people who are swapping books are responsible for mailing their book to the person who requested it.

If you have any questions about swapping let me know in a comment or email :)

Let the swapping begin!

Here's  my lists:

2 for 1 deals can be made for DLBs (discarded library book-usually in pretty good condition, if there are flaws I will mention them).
Sorry but I can only mail books within the U.S.

And please note in the subject line "Bookswap".

My email is : crazi.swans at gmail dot com

What I have to trade:

The Gifted by Ann H. Gabhart
When the Stars Begin to Fall by Denise Williamson (DLB)
Walk by Faith by Rosanne Bittner (DLB)
October Song by Beverly Lewis (DLB)
Daughter of the Loom by Tracie Peterson & Judith Miller
Second-Best Bride by Ruth Glover (DLB)
Turn Northward, Love by Ruth Glover (DLB)
Prairie Fire by Catherine Palmer (DLB)
Shadowmancer by G.P. Taylor
Inescapable by Nancy Mehl
The Sacrifice by Beverly Lewis (DLB)
The Revelation by Beverly Lewis (DLB)
City of Angels by Tracie Peterson & James Scott Bell (DLB)- HARDCOVER!
Beyond the Valley by Al & JoAnna Lacy (DLB)
A Prince Among Them by Al & JoAnna Lacy (DLB)
Passage into Light by Judith Pella (DLB)
Leah's Choice by Marta Perry
Rhapsody in Red by Donn Taylor
Forever Hilltop by Jill Baer
Mary Magdalene by Diana Taylor Wallis
Chameleon by Jillian Kent
Dublin Destiny by Jill Twigg
An Amish Family Reunion by Mary Ellis
River of Mercy by BJ Hoff
A Hidden Truth by Judith Miller
A Promise for Miriam by Vanetta Chapman
Love Finds You in Mackinac Island by Melanie Dobson
Where the Trail Ends by Melanie Dobson
Mary's Blessing by Lena Nelson Dooley
Razed by Paula Wiseman
Choices of the Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes
Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan
Unclaimed Legacy by Deborah Heal
No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig
Belonging by Robin Lee Hatcher
Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher
Words Spoken True by Ann H. Gabhart

What I am Looking For:

Moonblood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Hazel Creek by Walt Larrimore
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
Wedding Kiss by Hannah Alexander
The Face of Heaven by Murray Pura
Expect the Sunrise by Susan May Warren
Baroness by Susan May Warren
Bridegrooms by Allison Pittman
From Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson
To Darkness Fled by Jill Williamson
Hero, Second Class by Mitchell Bonds
Look to the East by Maureen Lang
Wedding Belles by Janice Hanna
The Shadowed Mind by Julie Cave
Pieces of Light by Julie Cave
Walks Alone by Sandi Rog
Whisper on the Wind by Maureen Lang
Springtime of the Spirit by Maureen Lang
The Fiery Ring by Gilbert Morris
For Time and Eternity by Allison Pittman
A Season for Tending by Cindy Woodsmall
The Silent Harp by Gilbert Morris
The Unlikely Allies by Gilbert Morris
The Widow's Choice by Gilbert Morris
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Ashton Park by Murray Pura
Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin
When We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin
Veil of Pearls by Marylu Tyndall
In the Arms of the Immortals by Ginger Garrett
Thief by Linda Windsor

Again, my email is : crazi.swans @ gmail dot com


Free Kindle Book Announcement!

Unclaimed Legacy by Deborah Heal

5.0 out of 5 stars Simulated trip of a lifetime!, October 7, 2012

This review is from: Unclaimed Legacy (Paperback)
Merrideth (Merri) and Abby have come across a remarkable computer program that was installed on Merrideth's computer. So now they can make a simulated trip back into time to see how life was for the people who lived there. . .

This book is beautifully written and extraordinarily fun and exciting to read. Deborah plops us right into the story with her vivid descriptions and strong characterizations. I fell in love with all of the characters and felt as though I knew Merrideth and Abby personally. John is utterly awesome and I wholeheartedly recommend you read both of these super fantastic stories.

See all the Amazon reviews here.

If you thought the reviews of Unclaimed Legacy (book two) sounded good but you never got around to buying it for your Kindle, good news! Procrastination pays off. Unclaimed Legacy will be

free for Kindle January 12-16.

But wait! If you order in the next 20 minutes… Just kidding. But I do have a special deal to go along with the upcoming free Kindle days. Order book one in the trilogy, Time and Again from my website for a limited time for only $9.99 (includes shipping). I’ll send your signed copy right out so you can read it before you get book two. Go here to order.

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The Lesson by Suzanne Woods Fisher ~ Review and Blog Tour

The Lesson

My Review: A book that will bring a smile to your face!

I have long wondered what exactly was going on in M.K.'s head, so I was pretty excited to find out in M.K.'s story. This book was such a fun read, because I got to revisit some of my favorite characters from previous books, like Hank, Fern, Amos, M.K. and Jimmy Fisher, as well as the new family in town.

This book was full of plenty of great storylines, with M.K. working to solve a murder and helping Jimmy Fisher get his future Missus to take notice of him :) Along with Chris trying to make a stable home for him and his sister.

Overall, this is one of those books that you can just sit back and relax with. I couldn't keep from smiling as I read. M.K. is such a fun character! An utterly enjoyable read!

I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. Thanks!

About the Book:
Centered on one of Suzanne Woods Fisher's most loved characters, this is the story fans have eagerly anticipated. The precocious M.K. is all grown up (well, almost) and ready to take on the world-with surprising results. Fisher's trademark plot twists and turns are as unexpected and satisfying as ever in this third book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series.
In her wildest dreams, spunky and impulsive nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp never imagined herself behind a schoolteacher's desk. A run-in (literally) with the schoolteacher compels her to act as a substitute teacher, just as her restless desire to see the world compels her to apply for a passport . . . just in case. The only thing of interest to M.K. in the sleepy Amish community of Stoney Ridge is the unexplained death of a sheep farmer that coincided with the arrival of a mysterious young man into the community. Frustrated that no one takes the crime seriously, she takes matters into her own hands. Unfortunately, as tends to be the case for M.K., she jumps headlong into trouble.

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Suzanne Woods FisherMeet the Author:  

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is the host of internet radio show Amish Wisdom and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your iphone or ipad! Download the Free App!

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Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden ~ Review

Against the Tide
My Review: A epic love story, with characters who will capture your heart!

Bane is back, and better than ever! I don't think it's a secret that I absolutely loved Bane when I first met him in The Lady of Bolton Hill, so I could barely contain my excitement when I found that Bane would have his own book! And Against the Tide more than lived up to my frighteningly high expectations.

Lydia was the perfect heroine, and the perfect complement to Bane's larger-than-life, "glorious rascal" persona. The characters touched my heart and swept me away, Ms. Camden has created a pair of characters that I will remember LONG past the turning down of the final page, and that I plan on revisiting in the future. I loved Bane's passion and sense of duty, as well as his fierce protective streak. Lydia was so admirable, yet she had her own personal struggles, and she overcame so much! Lydia was a wonderfully rounded character!

Adventure abounded within Against the Tide 's pages! The characters and the fast moving plot kept me glued to the pages long past my bedtime. Well written and researched, Against the Tide is my favorite of Ms. Camden's books so far!

Overall, an enthralling read that left me hoping that this wasn't the last I would see of Bane and Lydia, maybe they could cameo in an upcoming book? Natural descriptions and a wonderfully fleshed out setting,  really brought Lydia and Bane's world to life. An epic read, that I would highly recommend to others!

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review! Thank you!


Under the Summer Sky by Lori Copeland ~ FIRST Wild Card Blog Tour & Review

Under the Summer Sky

Lucie's Review: What a fun read!

Under the Summer Sky is the long awaited, stand-alone sequel to Lori Copeland's Love Blooms in Winter. I loved revisiting Tom, Mae and Miss Pauline, but also meeting Jones and Trinity. This book makes an excellent sequel and stands up wonderfully by itself as well.

 Full of humorous situations and plenty of action, and great characters that bring the lovely Dakotas to life. The characters in this series are some of the most fun and entertaining of any of Ms. Copeland's books.

Overall, Under the Summer Sky is a wild ride full of laughs, and plenty of action! I loved how the characters interacted and played off of each other, keeping me smiling and fully engaged the entire time! A book that that I enjoyed 110%!

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2013)

***Special thanks to Ginger Chen for sending me a review copy.***


Lori Copeland is the author of more than 90 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She has been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books' Best Seller award. In 2000, Lori was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance, and their three children and five grandchildren.

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After a man named Jones rescues Trinity Franklin from a river, they find their destination is the same: a small town in North Dakota. A seemingly coincidental beginning comes to a delightful and charming ending when orchestrated by the One who can put the pieces of any lost and broken life together.

Product Details:
List Price: $13.99
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0736930205
ISBN-13: 978-0736930208


Near Piedmont, South Dakota, 1893

“Don’t put me in that barrel!”

“Do you want to die, woman?”

“No! That’s why you can’t put me in the barrel—I can’t swim!” She had gone to the river for a simple bucket of water when this beast had swept in and captured her. She loved the good Lord, but she wasn’t ready to meet Him face-to-face. The sound of rushing water overwhelmed her senses as iron hands gripped her waist. War whoops filled the air as three riders poured over the hillside. She pounded the solid wall of flesh that enveloped her. “Let me go!”

“I’m trying to save your life, lady.”

The stranger heaved her over to the barrel and unceremoniously dumped her inside, stuffing her head between her knees before he slammed the lid down on top.

“I can’t swim!” Her muffled voice echoed in her ears. Was he deaf    ? Mad? What kind of man would put a woman in a barrel and send her over the rapids when she couldn’t swim? She banged on the wooden sides. “Let me out!”

All bedlam broke out, and even through the barrel Trinity could hear grunts, shouts, and the sound of bare fists meeting flesh. Her heart hammered in her chest. She willed herself to be still, but she could feel the barrel shifting underneath her, teetering at the water’s edge. “Don’t let me fall in, don’t let me fall in,” she whispered. A flour mill sat downstream, but if she reached it she would be too late. A few minutes in the turgid waters and she would drown.

Grunts. More fists.

Please, God. Please, God.

She swallowed back the urge to shout. Calling out would mean certain death. Her brother, Rob, had written tales of rebels, both Indian and white, banding together to plunder and commit unspeakable acts, but never in her wildest dreams would she have thought to encounter one of the lowlifes. A gunshot—then another. Trinity’s heart crowded her throat as the fighting grew fiercer. The barrel shifted again.

Don’t let me fall in. Don’t let me fall in.

A deep rumble. A shove. Trinity’s heart sputtered. She was close—too close. She could almost smell the cold, rushing water. She heard the shuffle of men’s boots—though now it sounded as though there were fewer of them. Maybe two? Against overwhelming odds, the stranger appeared to be winning.

Rapids rushed in the distance. Relax. That beast of a man is strong. He still faced formidable odds, but it sounded as if he were besting the enemy. Trinity felt the tension draining away from her. The ruckus would be over soon and he would release her from her wooden prison.

And then she would demand to know who he was and how he’d had the audacity to risk her life!

Locked in a duel, the men’s groans filled the air as they strained against one another. The sheer force in their tones made her cringe. Then—the unthinkable. A boot caught the edge of the barrel and sent it toppling into the churning water.

Trinity screamed as the current caught the barrel and bounced it downstream. Terror-stricken, she watched the water seeping through the cracks in the wood. The rapids were only two hundred yards downstream—she had to be getting close.

She was going to die. Rob had perished far too young, and now she was going to join him. And it was all her fault. She should never have left her nice, safe café job in Sioux City and come to this rugged land. She had refused to accompany Rob a year earlier when he’d pleaded with her to join him and help him settle Wilson’s Falls, the plot of land their family had owned for generations. She should have held to her belief that no good would come of her visiting this remote country for even a short time. No amount of money on earth could keep her safe now—not even the handsome sum the railroad was likely to offer for the family’s parcel of land.

The trip was supposed to be brief. Never once had she thought her journey would end at the Pearly Gates.


Jones whirled when he heard the barrel hit the water. The man locked in his grip took advantage of the distraction and landed a blow that took Jones to his knees. He swung wildly, landing a punch that momentarily staggered his opponent.

His eyes swung back to the barrel. Only a few moments before it went over the rapids. The other thug came at him and he managed a hard right and then his signature left, the knock-out blow. His opponent slumped to the ground and Jones took off running down the bank. His boots thrashed through a heavy thicket as his eyes followed the bobbing container. When he reached a wide spot, he dove in and surfaced just within reach of the barrel.

“Hold on! I’m here!” he yelled.

The girl’s reedy voice came back. “I can’t swim! Get me out of here!”

“I’m trying!” He lunged, his hand brushing the barrel in vain. Charging again, he only managed to hurry the barrel along. It flew over the rapids and he heard her screams until the roar of rushing water snatched them away.

Shoot. She was going to be mad as a wet hen.

“Are you still there? I can’t hear you!”

He couldn’t imagine why not. She was yelling loud enough for them to hear her all the way to Canada.

“I’m here! Just hang on!”

“I can’t swim!”

Like he hadn’t heard her the first eight times. Closing his eyes, he dove under the swift current.


The thin wood split as the water and rocks smashed the barrel into kindling. Trinity gasped for air, her breath lodged in her throat. The wind and water whipped wildly about her. Where was he?

Anger churned with panic as she bumped along. Objects blurred as she choked, struggling to right herself. She went down, down, down, thumping and bumping over rocks. This was it. This was the end. She’d never done anything worthwhile in her nineteen years. Nothing but wait tables and serve others—but that was good. To her knowledge she’d never caused anyone an ounce of trouble, so she could meet her Maker in good faith.

Now she would draw her last breath—gurgle it, more like—but…she broke the waterline, choking. A strong hand latched onto her hair as she went under again.

Pain blinded her—pain the likes of which she’d never experienced. Her very roots were being ripped out. She struggled to break the fierce hold, and did, momentarily, but then something snared her and yanked her back to the surface.

“Stop fighting me!” a male voice demanded.

She saw him then—the man who’d stuffed her in the barrel. At the moment it didn’t matter what he’d stuffed her in; he was an anchor in the storm. Her efforts ceased. She wrapped her arms around his neck and held on tight.

He was a strong swimmer, but she was dead weight. Dragging her through the water, he reached a ledge and paused to catch his breath. Paralyzed with fear, her heart threatened to pound out of her chest, and for the first time in her life she couldn’t find the words she wanted. His arms around her were powerful, and the feel of his prickly dark beard against her cheek brought a blush to her face. She’d never been this close to a man before—except Rob, of course. When she poured coffee at the café she bent close, but never this close. She could smell him, hear his ragged breath in her ear.

“Sorry I scared you,” he said, swiping his face to clear the water out of his eyes. “I didn’t mean for the barrel to go over.”

She nodded, still not able to find her voice. She was in the middle of a rushing rapid, standing in the arms of a stranger, finding her brush with death very difficult to comprehend.

“Hold on.” He hitched her up and swam the remaining distance to shore. Throwing her on the bank like a landed carp, he crawled out and collapsed beside her. For a moment they lay in the warm sun, gasping for breath. In a novel the moment might have been romantic, Trinity thought. Instead it was wet and cold and ghastly.

“Who are you?” she asked, finally finding her breath. Since she could speak she should probably thank him—it was only polite—though at the moment she wanted to throttle him for putting her life in danger in the first place.

“Doesn’t matter. I’m just passing through.”

“What’s your name?” She had the right to know who’d almost killed her, didn’t she?


“Jones what?”

“Just Jones.” Rolling to his back, he stuck out his hand. “Are you all right?”

Trinity stared at the proffered hand, stultified. “Why did you stick me in that barrel?”

“I saved your life.”

“You could easily have taken it. I don’t…”

“Swim. So you’ve said.” Struggling to his feet, he removed his left boot and dumped out a stream of water. “Sorry I upset you, but those men would have distressed you more.”

Her gaze fixed on the tall stranger. She knew she should feel nothing but gratitude, but he’d scared the wadding out of her. “Well, before you stick a lady in a barrel and send her downstream, you might want to make certain you can save her.”

Jones dumped the water out of his right boot. “Don’t figure there’s any reason for me to apologize for saving your neck.” He glanced up. “What are you doing out here alone, anyway?”

“I was doing my wash.” She pushed to her feet and brushed the wet hair out of her eyes.

“You live around here?”

“Not live. I’m staying here for a while. I’m in the process of selling my land, and once I do I’m going back to Sioux Falls.”

“Nice town.”

“You’ve been there?”

He nodded, shoving his foot, wet sock and all, back into his boot. “Couple of times. Do you want me to walk you back to your place?”

“No, thank you.” She’d had quite enough of him for one day.

Nodding, he set his Stetson on his head and adjusted the band. “You might want to keep a close eye out for the others. The men scattered, but they’ll meet up again.”

Trinity swallowed, trying to retain her composure. She’d get home, and then she wouldn’t rest until she’d sold the land and left this godforsaken place behind her forever. “Thank you. I’ll be careful.”

“You think you can handle these wilds?”

She lifted her chin. “Of course I can handle myself.” Granted, he had caught her in a bad circumstance, but chances were that the men were only passing through and she’d have no more trouble with them.

“Do you have a gun?”

“My brother left one.”

“Do you know how to use it?”

The chin rose higher. “I do—if necessary.”

He paused, a slow grin starting at the corners of his mouth. Dark curly hair, penetrating brown eyes, and skin browned by the long hours in the sun. He was handsome, no denying it, but Trinity had more important things on her mind. “I see you’ve got things well in hand.”

She nodded coolly. He had every right to suspect that she was one of those helpless simpering females, but she was far from vulnerable. She’d been on her own since Rob had left to work this land, and she’d learned to care for herself nicely.

He started off and then turned back. “By the way…”

She pushed another lock of soggy hair out of her eyes. “Yes?”

His gaze drifted down. “You lost your skirt in the water.”

Gasping, she looked down. She was wearing nothing but her bloomers! And he hadn’t said a word until now.

When she looked up, he was gone. Drawing herself up straight, she sniffed. And a good riddance it was.


A Hidden Truth by Judith Miller ~ Review

A Hidden Truth (Home to Amana, #1)

Lucie's Review:

Everything changes with the arrival of two people with secrets in their pasts. Anton is the new shepherd sent from another Amana colony to help Karlina's father tend the sheep. Something that has always given Karlina pleasure.
Dovie Cates comes to Amana in search of answers regarding her mother.

This book deals with secrets and choices, and what life might have been like to live in an Amana colonies. It was interesting to learn more about the customs and traditions of communal life.

One thing that was just a teeny bit hard to keep up with was how there were two points of view, both in first person, so I had to remember to read the chapter heading or I would end up really confused!

While there were plenty of intriguing characters and situations, this was a hard book for me toget into because I didn't feel like I was there in the moment with the characters, it was more like after the fact, and then they were telling me their thoughts on what had happened. And that was tough because it led to a lack of dialogue, which made it hard for me to feel like the romantic relationships were really developing because I never really got to see much interactions.

Overall, a well researched book that definitely left me better informed about communal living and the people of Amana, there were plenty of secrets and characters. An interesting read.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!

Vanished by Irene Hannon ~ Revell Blog Tour & Review

Astor's Review: An action-packed read!

On a dark and stormy night Moira Harrison finds her self lost on a back road, when suddenly the form of a woman is illuminated in her headlights. Moira swerves off the road in an effort to avoid the woman, but right before she crashes into a tree along the side of the road, she heard the sickening thud. But when help comes hours later there is no body? Not a trace. Where did it go?

Irene Hannon's newest book is different from her previous novels in that instead of being a Crime Mystery/Suspense, Vanished strikes me as a chilling thriller. Though it is a little different in the general flow of the story compared to Ms. Hannon's other novels, it is the same in that it was impossible to put down!

This definitely had the chills coursing done my spine, because it was one of those stories where I knew who that bad guy was and what he was doing, but the other characters didn't know. So throughout the book I was like, "Don't trust them!" "Don't go with them!"

Overall, an action packed read that is nearly impossible to put down. I'm already dying to read the next book in the series! A thrilling read that won't disappoint!

“Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!



Camellia by Diane T. Ashley & Aaron McCarver ~ Review


Lucie's Review:

Camellia is convinced that if she doesn't go to finishing school in New Orleans that she will never be able to marry a rich husband and escape her life on the river.
Jonah Thorton is a spy for the Union Army who comes from a wealthy family in New Orleans, and checking up on a family friend, named Camellia is the perfect cover. Sparks fly between Camellia and Jonah as they get caught up in the terrifying world of spying.

Filled with action and intrigue, Camellia invites the reader in to the world of spying during the Civil War. This is the second book in a series, and I would highly recommend reading Lily first because Camellia keeps up with the main characters from the first book and the relationships will make more sense if you do. The World of Camellia is lush and chock full of intriguing characters, that are at times a bit hard to keep track of. But I loved the intricacy of the plot and getting to see old characters featured in this sequel.

Overall, this was a wonderful read and I think I appreciated this book so much more because I had already read the previous book, and that way I could just jump into the story and I didn't have to wonder what was going on. I loved all the characters and there were some great surprises along the way, a very enjoyable read. I eagerly look forward to reading its sequel.

I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. Thank you!


Rancher's Refuge by Linda Goodnight ~ Review

Rancher's Refuge
Lucie's Review:

Austin owns the ranch that borders the legendary Whisper Falls, where it is rumored that if one prays behind the waterfalls, that the prayer will be answered. But Whisper Falls brings unwanted tourism. At least where Austin is concerned. Austin just wants to be alone after the death of his wife, but God has other plans.
Annalisa is running from her past, when she runs into Austin. Austin sees that Annalisa is troubled, and he and his sister, Cassie take her in. Will Annalisa be able to help soften Austin's heart?

An engaging tale, about overcoming the past and the pain of holding to hurtful things. The characters were well done and I loved Annalisa slowly was able draw Austin out of his shell and help him fit into the town.

There was some suspense with Annalisa's past and Austin's coming back to haunt them. But for sure this book engaging and it captured the small town romance feel, with a strong theme of forgiveness and letting go of the past.

Overall a book I would happily recommend!

I received this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!


The Cowboy's Surprise Bride by Linda Ford ~ Review

The Cowboy's Surprise Bride
Lucie's Review: A charming romance, full of hilarious situations!

Eddie and Margaret have planned for a future together, but when Margaret backs out, Linette Edwards is more than happy to step in, so that she can escape a nightmarish marriage arrangement set up by her greedy father. Along the way Linette meets new friends and invites them to come with her.
To say that Eddie is shocked to find Linette and her entourage on his doorstep, would be an understatement.
Will Eddie realize that the bride who showed up on his doorstep, is the bride of his heart?

An utterly charming tale, with plenty of humorous situations and sweet romance! The characters were both so likable and engaging, Linette had such a big heart. I really felt like in this book that characters truly got to know each other and that their love progressed naturally out of friendship and trust.

This was an utterly engaging, and wonderful tale. I loved the plot, the characters, and the Canadian setting! I can't wait for the rest of the series! Linda Ford is one of my favorite authors, and this was one of her best books yet! A wonderful read!

I received this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review! Thank you!


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Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by JoAnn Durgin ~ Review

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe
My Review: The characters stand out in Ms. Durgin's delightful novella!

Jake Marston knows what it's like to be burned when it comes to love, but he can't help but find himself drawn to the charming, and engaged, sister of his friend, Julia. How can Jake love the woman of his dreams when she appears to be engaged to another?

I absolutely LOVED this charming Christmas novella. That characters were well developed and that dialogue was just excellent! I loved how the conversations and teasing between the characters was warm and natural, pulling me into the tale.

All of the characters really popped out at me and even though the story was short the main and secondary characters were so well developed. I couldn't help but chuckle at Picasso and Caroline's fiery love/annoyance relationship :)

An utterly charming book from beginning to end. I don't want to give away too much in this review, so I definitely recommend that you check this one out!

I received this ebook from the author in return for an honest review. Thank you!