8.31.2020

Almost A Bride by Jody Hedlund ~ Review

My Review: 

Kate Millington has no trouble getting engaged, but can't seem to go through with the wedding. After breaking it off with her latest fiance, she finds herself with no lack  of suitors, but when she comes face to face with a friend from the past, the one man she wants is the one she can't have. 

I was thrilled when I heard that Zeke's story would be coming so shortly after the previous book, and couldn't wait to dive back into the rugged beauty of British Columbia. Zeke is a man working to outrun his skeletons and the shame that he brought his family while working for the mills. He has done well for himself and done well, investing in multiple business ventures. He is passionate about supporting the workers, he isn't perfect, but he does what he can to support his community, and I liked that he was flawed.

Kate is hardworking and compassionate, she doesn't want to hurt anyone. I loved her friend Becca, and how protective she is of Kate. This book has some amazing supporting characters I especially loved Wendell and Mr. Peabody, who are a duo of men not suited for the rough life of gold miners, but are excellent in their own respective fields, and are great friends to Zeke. 

An engaging read, I liked how it explored more about what happened after the gold mines were claimed up and how many people worked hard to make the boom towns a permanent place to reside. Kate and Zeke grow in their faith over the course of the book, learning to trust in God. A highly enjoyable read, with characters who will capture your heart and bring a smile to your face. 

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

8.30.2020

The Sinner in Mississippi by D. L. Lane ~ Celebrate Lit Tour, Review, and Giveaway


About the Book



Book:  The Sinner in Mississippi
Author: D.L. Lane
Genre: Historical Fiction, Inspirational Romance
Release Date: May 1, 2020

Not expecting me to live, the midwife cleaned me up, wrapped me in an old tea towel, and placed me in a knitting basket beside the wood-burning stove. According to Mama, the storm raged until morning, but I never made one sound. So, hours later, when they peeked in at me, they were surprised to see me sucking my thumb, staring up at them with eyes the color of bluebells.

Mama told me, that’s when she cried.

See, she hadn’t shed a single tear during the harsh pain of giving birth or out of fear of the horrible storm taking the house and her with it, but she sobbed when she saw me. To her, it would have been better for all of us if I’d passed on in the night, carried off on the wings of angels, never to suffer the evils of this world. And sometimes, I wondered if she hadn’t been right.

Mississippi Singleton

My Review:

I didn't know what to expect going into this book, I've never read this author before, and her books are quite new to me. But this beautiful historical romance blew me away and got me out of a reading slump that had me dreading picking up new books.

Though set in America during the middle of the 1930's, it does not rely heavily on the time period or current events for the plot, and is more specifically a Christian romance, which in some ways reminded me of books by Lori Wick. Mississippi Singleton is a character that sticks with you, spunky and outspoken, she isn't afraid to say things like they are, and has a hunger for learning. Her charm is that she doesn't have a cultivated or calculated charm, she's just Mississippi. She comes from a hardscrabble, abusive background, she doesn't expect kindness, and has a world weariness about her.

Thayer Drayton King is a tycoon of sorts, the wealthiest man around, a genuine knight in shining armor. He is a man of character and integrity, willing to stand up for those who can't stand for themselves, he is also fair and willing to extend grace. He has presence and a natural leadership.

This is an engaging read, there was not a point in this book where I felt that it ever lagged in pace, in fact I didn't want to put it down. My heart went out to Mississippi and I admired her strength, she was someone that I could cheer for all the way through. While some aspects of this story were unrealistic by some standards, I think that it worked in this story and I didn't mind as I knew that this leaned more romance. One of my favorite things about this book was that it would start setting up in a way that in other books I just find infuriating, but this book swerved and proved me wrong, and it made me admire Thayer even more. This was a highly enjoyable read, and I'm so glad that I gave it a chance!

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


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About the Author


D.L. Lane is a wife, musician, a graduate of Liberty University, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. In 2010 she walked away from the day job and started a writing career using a pen name. As far as the world was concerned, she was very successful writing romances, however, success aside, she knew she wasn’t on the right path but stubbornly kept on going for nine years. Although a Christian and raised in a religious home, D.L went her own way, leaving God out of her choices until He said, “Enough.”
Weary and seeking guidance, she finally listened and left the course she was on as an established novelist to take a new path—putting God first in her life where He always should have been.


More from D.L.

I love writing, and I love to challenge myself as an author, and so I thought, why not write a fictional historical piece. This was a test for me since there are many things to research when writing during a different era, especially when I wasn’t around at that time. But I prayed about it, grabbed my laptop, and started writing about a poor, uneducated girl who grew up in Louisiana during the Great Depression in a motherless home with a group of reprobate males.
Not unlike the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis, a boy despised by his brothers who plotted against him, later rose from the depths to become one of the most powerful men in Egypt, facing the very men who had been responsible for the atrocities he’d suffered. Joseph had a choice. Let them die or help the ones who never helped him? This story weaves some of that same treachery with truth, teaching not only the heroine but the hero the ultimate meaning of love.

I wanted to give readers a book demonstrating the fact God will never leave us, even if we have left him for a time. That a personal relationship with Christ is our ultimate source of strength, and with His help, we can be pulled out of the depths of great sorrow, rising to heights we never imagined possible.

Blog Stops

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, D.L. is giving away the grand prize package of a $10 Amazon eGift Card and a free Audiobook of The Sinner in Mississippi!!
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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8.27.2020

Lady Airell's Choice by Rachel Skatvold ~Celebrate Lit Tour, Review, and Giveaway




About the Book


Book:  Lady Airell’s Choice
Author: Rachel Skatvold
Genre:  Christian Medieval Romance
Release Date: January, 2019

Will one choice save her kingdom from destruction?

During a time of peace and prosperity, Princess Airell of Daireann is given the rare privilege of choosing her own suitor. As eligible rulers from all over Ardena vie for her hand, a betrothal to Prince Tristan of Órlaith seems to be the clear choice. Yet, in the midst of Lady Airell’s happiness, the winds of change are coming.

When an evil usurper from the north rises to power and his forces attack the southern kingdoms, peace in Ardena is shattered. With Daireann under siege, the princess must find the courage to protect her people. Will Lady Airell choose to sacrifice her own happiness in order to save her kingdom?

Get swept up in an epic adventure while reading this Christian medieval romance filled with themes of faith, redemption and forgiveness.

Get your copy HERE 

My Review: 
Fans of Melanie Dickerson and Jody Hedlund will fall in love with Rachel Skatvold's Christian medieval romances.

A fantastic introduction to the Ladies of Ardena, with heroes and heroines courageous and brave. I loved how this book also sets up well for the following books in the series, introducing many wonderful characters whom I hope to see later on in the series. I really admired Reagan, her love for her husband, natural leadership and regal bearing.

Well paced, with great character development over the course of the story, as well as great interaction between many of the characters. I loved how this book took many turns twisting the traditional tropes to take me by surprise, yet retaining all of the charm.

Overall, this is a wonderfully enjoyable and satisfying read, that also left me wanting more. Strong themes of faith, duty, family, and love throughout this story. I loved Tiernay for his honor, sense of duty, and respect that he showed to others. Airell also grows so much over the course of the story. I loved her relationships with her family and how she is quick to make friends. You won't regret checking out this book!

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

About the Author


Rachel Skatvold is a Christian author and stay-at-home mom from the Midwest. She enjoys writing inspirational romance and encouraging blogs. Rachel completed her first series, the Riley Family Legacy Novellas in 2014 and is now working on the Hart Ranch Series, set in the Montana wilderness and the Ladies of Ardena Series, set in medieval times. She is also a contributing author in the Whispers in Wyoming, Brides of Pelican Rapids and Independence Island Series. Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons. You can find more information about Rachel and her books on her website: www.rachelskatvold.com.


More from Rachel

The Ladies of Ardena Series has been by far my favorite series to write because the stories are adventurous fast-paced tales with themes of faith, hope and redemption. While I am more well-known for my contemporary western and small-town romance series, I have always been interested in history and fascinated with the medieval time period. Although Ardena is a fictional land, it is inspired by Irish and Scottish culture, in honor of my ancestors. Each book is also inspired by one of my six nieces and is dedicated to them. For that reason, these stories have a special place in my heart.
Lady Airell’s Choice follows the eldest daughter in the Daireann royal family who has come of age. Since it is a time of peace in the land, her father allows Airell to choose her own suitor. She is excited to start a new chapter in her life, but her dreams for the future are shattered when a usurper from the north kills her father and wages war against Daireann. Princess Airell is forced to choose between her own happiness and the survival of her kingdom.
Lady Airell’s story is inspired by Psalms 23 1-3 NLT which says: “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.” This verse is relevant during Airell’s time and in our lives today as well. We may not face the same perilous circumstances with evil kings and perilous voyages across the sea. Our battles are a little different these days, but God is still the same. He can help us through any trials and lead us down the correct path if we put our faith in Him.
Thank you for following this Celebration Tour for Lady Airell’s choice. To learn more about this book and the others in the series, please read the summary below and visit the series page on Amazon. Also, don’t’ forget to sign up for the giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Blessings.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 20
Novels Corner, August 24
Older & Smarter?, August 26
Connect in Fiction, August 27
Labor Not in Vain, August 27
Pause for Tales, August 31
Emily Yager, September 1
Artistic Nobody, September 2 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!
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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8.19.2020

Alaskan Showdown by Sarah Varland ~ Review



Lucie's Review:

The discovery of a dead hiker's body sends Adriana Steele and her search and rescue dog, Blue, on the run from a serial killer.  Adriana, though shaken, is determined to help Officer Levi Wicks catch the killer, will they be able to catch the killer before it's too late?

A high stakes suspense, with strong characters and a fantastic dog. Adriana has always had to be strong, she knows dogs better than people, and has trained Blue to be a remarkable asset in recovery of bodies. I admired how much she wants to help Levi find the killer, despite the toll it takes on her. 

I admired Levi's never-give-up attitude, and how he and Adriana make such a good team. He is committed to seeing justice served, and has a way of cheering others up, and trying to stay hopeful. 

Overall, a fantastic read from beginning to end. I loved how it took two acquaintances and gives them the opportunity to work and get to known each other. Well built characters, strong themes of faith, and I just really enjoyed how this book was executed. Part mystery, and suspense, but also showing the harder sides and the emotional toll, and the people who are brave enough to walk that line. Highly recommend. 

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

Tracking a Kidnapper by Valerie Hansen ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Vivienne and her K-9 partner find themselves in the crosshairs of a kidnapper, after foiling a previous attempt. FBI Profiler Caleb Black has been assigned to keep her safe, working together can they stop the kidnapper before it's too late. 

Vivienne is a likable character, I loved her determination and passion for bringing people to justice, as well as her faith. I liked how she is relatable, she struggles with being single, and I liked how that struggle really humanized her for me. 

Caleb is serious and dedicated to his job, he likes to keep to himself, and is reserved. I loved how Vivienne draws him out, and gets him to open up as the case progresses. Their differences complement each other well. 

Overall, an action-packed read, with fantastic characters, they have great chemistry, and I loved their teasing rapport. Hank, is incredibly loyal, and I loved how he protects Vivienne. A fantastic addition to the K-9 series, but also can be read as a standalone. 

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

8.18.2020

Molly by Sarah Monzon ~ Review

My Review:

An utterly adorable romantic comedy, full of heart and new beginnings.

Molly’s problem is an answer to Resident Doctor Ben Reed’s prayers. His long unpredictable hours at the hospital make it difficult for the single father to find reliable care for his 4 year old daughter, Chloe, so when he walks-in on his daughter’s favorite pre-school teacher being let go, the opportunity is too good to pass up.

The first in a new series centering on a close knit sewing group in Southern California. Molly has a love of learning that she is a natural at passing on; she is honest to a fault, with a heart for others. I loved how she has such a supportive friend group, and I loved her mom.

Ben is a devoted father, struggling to maintain the balancing act of his life, working long hours. I loved how he is also surrounded by amazing friends and family, and how he is passionate about his career.

This was a quick read, filled with humor, faith, and great chemistry between the main characters. After flipping down the last page I was ready to go right into the next book in the series, but alas it had not been released yet. Chloe is such an adorable little girl, and I love how the author based her on her own young daughter, her beautiful inquisitive innocence was perfection. This author does an excellent job of building characters, and even though some of the supporting characters didn’t get a ton of page space, she made every inch count to create believable people and relationships. A highly enjoyable read, I was constantly finding that I just couldn’t keep a smile from my face throughout this heartwarming and humorous gem.

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


8.17.2020

A Life Once Dreamed by Rachel Fordham ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Agnes starts over in the Dakota Territories, taking a teaching position, away from the Boston society that she grew up in. She blossoms away from the bright lights of the city, but when a face from the past resurfaces, Agnes finds herself at a crossroads. Will the past taint the life she’s made for herself, or be the key to the happiness that’s always been out of reach?

Agnes has learned a lot since leaving her life of privilege behind, making many new friends who come to love and respect her. I loved her empathy, and passion for the children. She grows and is stretched by the new experiences that she faces in Dakota, I loved how she comes into her own, taking pride in the person that she has become.

I admired Sam’s honesty, and how he is willing to lend a hand when needed. James is a skilled doctor, and I loved seeing him find his calling and see the difference that he made in the community. Hannah is a wonderful friend, welcoming Agnes from the very beginning.

An engaging prairie romance of second chances, with compelling characters, and a well-developed small town community. I loved the friendships, relationship dynamics, and character interactions. Heartwarming, with a convincing plotline, I loved how all the pieces came together and how Agnes fell in love with her new home in the Dakotas. This author just keeps getting better and better, this one is my favorite so far, full of heart, great characters, and second chances. Highly recommend!

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

8.15.2020

Ready to Trust by Tina Radcliffe ~ Prism Grand Finale Blitz

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

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

(With its own giveaway through August 16th.)

Launch - Author Interview

What inspired you to write READY TO TRUST? 

Ready to Trust is the second book in the Hearts of Oklahoma series about the Rainbolt siblings who were raised by the oldest sibling, Mitch. Book 2, Ready to Trust is Reece’s story. I wanted to write about a black sheep who was called back to the flock. That’s Reece. A hunky hero with a heart for the Lord who knows only too well about making mistakes and asking for forgiveness. I think deep down inside I wanted to share that Christian men can be hunky and still be faith heroes. 


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


Grief slammed into her like an Oklahoma tornado, pummeling her heart with new aches. Though emotion threatened to spill, she held back tears. She didn’t cry about the past anymore. The past was a lot like what if and Claire didn’t ever go there, because what if was a place for dreamers. She was no longer a dreamer.


"I love stories of reconciliation and forgiveness. Tina Radcliffe has crafted an enjoyable story, set in Oklahoma, that includes forgiveness of past mistakes and reconciliation that doesn’t happen overnight. . . . The characters are likeable and believable – the kind of people you wish were your neighbors. The plot is well-thought-out with just enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and reading. . . . While it is an adult novel, Ready to Trust would be appropriate for a k-12 Christian school library. High school girls in particular will enjoy this clean romance."


"Let's take a moment to appreciate the hot guy on the cover! Ready To Trust is Tina Radcliffe's second book of her Hearts Of Oklahoma series but can be read as a standalone. This is a fast but meaningful read. . . . I enjoyed reading this book for all the warm fuzzies, humor and inspiration. Tina Radcliffe has written a lovely and charming story that I recommend for fans of contemporary Christian fiction."

Hallie Reads - Review

"As Claire and Reece sort through the complications of their relationship, Radcliffe shares a romance that is delightful to read. I enjoyed getting to know her characters, seeing them move forward from the events and feelings of the past that have held them back for far too long. It is an easy book to recommend to readers in need of a quick and entertaining romance."


"I enjoyed reading this sweet clean romance with beautiful ranch scenery. It took me through a life story of loss, challenges, and love. . . . Zoe was such a cute little girl in this story. Nan, Asa, Daisy, Mitch, and Willard were side characters that made me smile. I loved the side characters! . . . Claire went through hard things in life and so had Reece. I enjoyed watching them slowly but surely grow together."


"The book was a quick and fairly straightforward read. I like that there wasn't a ton of back and forth drama of misunderstandings. . . . I did love that family played an important role in the novel. I look forward to reading more books from the series."


"I really liked Claire, she was someone you could relate to. She has been through so much and dealing with pain and past is hard. Reece though was probably on of the best leading man in a romance novel. . . . I loved that I actually felt what they were feeling. I was on an emotional rollercoaster and didn't want to put the book down. I really enjoyed the story and all the characters"

Pause for Tales - Review

"Reece and Claire have some big issues they need to work through.I enjoyed walking on this journey to true love, albeit a little rocky. . . . This was another delightful romance to curl up with."


"Overall, Ready to Trust is a pleasant contemporary read set in Oklahoma, complete with a ranch, an orchard, horses, and even a goat. . . . The interactions between Reece and Zoe were wonderful to read. . . . There are some great secondary characters in this story who made me smile. They served to spur Reece and Clair to think beyond themselves. I like the diversity of situations and perspectives from the various characters and the wisdom they brought to the story."


"Tina Radcliffe pulls you into a story of finding yourself, finding hope, and learning that God always has a plan. Even if you don’t know what it might be. . . . The storytelling and characters were perfect for a solid can’t-stop-reading. The humor and grace kept the dark moments from becoming too intense while still telling a heartfelt tale.

This one is going on the keeper shelf. The messages of faith, family, and forgiveness will stay with me for a long time."

Wishful Endings - Excerpt

I’m not a long-term kind of guy and I have zero interest in a future...with anyone. The words offered by Reece Rainbolt six years ago mocked Claire as she was seated at a window table at Arrowhead Diner. She stared out the window, fighting the shame of the past. What a fool she’d been—in love with a man who crushed her heart beneath his boot heel and walked away.

Splashes of Joy - Review

"Author Tina Radcliffe does a very nice job of weaving these two families together, hashing out the differences and coming to an ending that will please everyone, or at least it did me. . . . And this sweet romance is sure one that is so much fun to read. I encourage you to check out Ready to Trust for your next fun read."
 

"Ahh, Ready to Trust by Tina Radcliffe was such a sweet story! . . . and let me say I was not disappointed. . . fun characters, the lighthearted romance, and the sense of community that Tina Radcliffe displayed. A truly enjoyable book with a lighthearted feel"


“If you’d let yourself, you’d have more friends in Rebel than you have fingers and toes. You could find a place for yourself and Zoe here. A good life.”

Claire shook her head. “There are too many memories.”

“Make new memories.”


"This author is one of my favorite Love Inspired authors . I was very excited to read this book. Welcome to Rebel Ranch in Rebel, Oklahoma. This is the second book in the series but can be read as a stand-alone. . . . This is a book about second chances and redemptions. The characters are real feeling and well written. The storyline will grab you in the beginning - and you will not want it to end."
 

". . . a great book. I loved everything about it and laughed out loud at specific points. Ms. Radcliffe did a fantastic job on this novel. Zoe is such a character, and she will be a handful for her parents in her teen years. I am also recommending this book to anyone that reads inspirational clean, and wholesome romances. Or to ones that love to read romance novels!"


"Radcliffe has written a romance which in of itself isn't a romance as it is more of a healing of hearts and a second chance at a new beginning for two characters weather worn from life. She takes you through the motions of how one of them is more willing to let go of the past than the other whilst at the same time, there is this little girl in the middle of it all, too. . . . Overall, what I loved most about the story and the characters is how grounded Reece is now in his life and how important family is to him. . ."


"This is a very cute story about misconceptions, pre-judgements, community unity, overcoming one's past and creating new memories. It is also an inspiring tale about overcoming obstacles and prevailing.

This Christian Fiction will surely uplift and inspire the reader."
 

"I thought this one was a great read. I loved getting to know Reece and Claire. I could relate to Claire's feelings and her trust issues. It was a delight to read and was easy to keep reading to find out how it would all end.

I am giving Ready to Trust a very well deserved five plus stars."


“No, you didn’t.” His expression darkened. “You trusted your belief that I would let you down like everyone else. You’ve been waiting for it, expecting my betrayal every single day.” He shook his head.


"I loved Reece’s and Claire story in Ready to Trust. . . . Ready to Trust is a wonderful story. I look forward to reading more of the books in the series."


"Tina Radcliff writes a sweet romance. One about change, forgiveness and second chances. Reece and Claire have some big issues to overcome. I love how Zoe stole Reece's heart from the beginning. . . . The book was enjoyable from the first chapter. Engaging and heartwarming."

Rincón de Joss - Excerpt

“Reece? Are you sure you’re okay?” she asked quietly this time.

He sucked in a ragged breath and struggled to calm himself. “I don’t know what I am, to tell you the truth.”

“I understand and I know this isn’t easy,” Nan said. “But try to be kind.”

Uplifting Reads - Review

"This story was so familiar to me for some reason. Then again, I have been reading a lot of these inspirational, second chance and rancher romances lately. I'd say that you have the same general formula as a lot of those books, but Tina makes this story her own and you'll love [following] Claire and Reece along their journey."


"She has a gift for creating realistic characters and such small towns that readers may want to flock to them. . . . I absolutely loved this story . . . Fans of the author and the previous novel are sure to enjoy this book. It was as sweet and precious as the first novel. Overall this is an adorable, heart-tugging, beautiful, peachy treat of a book!"


And he did recall. He’d often find himself in the library watching her shelve books as he struggled over homework assignments. She was always polite when he had questions about locating resource books. Claire was one of the few people at Rebel High who saw him as a person, not just a pretty face or a dumb jock. That was enough to fuel a crush on her that he never told anyone about.

Remembrancy - Review

"The Rainbolt family and the town of Rebel, Oklahoma invite readers in and make them feel so welcome, they will not want to leave. And, even when they’re pushing at each other, every scene with Reece and Claire spending time together is one I devoured.

Add to that the handsome cowboy whose heart is wrapped up in his little girl from the moment he meets her, and you just can’t get much better."

Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post...

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

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

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

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Other Books in the Series

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

Some paths need courage to follow…

Can they find their fresh startwith roadblocks around every corner?

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

(Affiliate links included.)

And coming in December...

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About the Author


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


Tour Giveaway


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8.14.2020

The Indomitable Florence Finch by Robert J. Mrazek ~ Biography Review

My Review:
The remarkable true life story of Florence Ingersoll Smith Finch, a hero in the fight for freedom in the Philippines.

Written in an engaging style, evocative of a novel, Florence’s story is told is told in thrilling, raw, gritty detail. I was inspired by her humility and sacrifice for her country and people. There were so many times that she could have cracked or given in, but she stayed strong, with quick wit and iron resolve in the face of torture.

Riveting storytelling, brings Florence’s amazing story to life, as well as that of her friend Carl, as their efforts and endurance of inhumane cruelty are recounted. Highly recommend this incredible biography. 


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

8.13.2020

The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan ~ Review

My Review:
An architectural romance set against the tumultuous Second World War.

Brent and Diana Sommerville married just weeks before the war, and what should have been a happy reunion is marred by five weeks that Diana can’t tell him about. Flowing forwards and back in time this story follows Brent and Diana from the first sparks of romance, their marriage, their time apart, and the present, through trenches and churches.

Slow to start, this book builds gradually, as it dissects a marriage and the pieces slowly come together about who is the one dogging their every move. Remarkably well researched, with great attention to detail, this book does a great job of bringing that part of the war to light, highlighting the heroes who gave more than anyone will ever know.

The first half of the book sets up the second half well, and it all builds into a climactic suspense filled ending. Realistic characters give gravity to the situation, and I liked how it draws attention to the realities that many returned to after the war. It was a slow burn for me, I’m glad I kept pushing till the end. 


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

8.12.2020

Accidental Target by Theresa Lynn Hall ~ Just Read Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Accidental Target Blog + Review Tour 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Accidental Target Title: Accidental Target
Author: Theresa Hall
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: August 4, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

On an icy road in the dead of night what she sees might get her killed.

Allison Moore can’t deny what she sees—a lifeless hand sticking out of a tarp in the back of a crashed pickup truck. Seconds later, she’s on the run with a murderer on her heels.

Nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted…except police sergeant Jackson Archer.But with someone set on silencing her, can Jackson keep his promise of protection?

Review: 

No good deed goes unpunished. Or so it seems for Allison Moore, who stops to help a truck that runs itself off the road, and ends up with a murderous gang on her heels. 

Action packed adventure, with one thing after another sending Allison and Jackson scrambling to stay one step ahead. Police Sergeant Jackson Archer is determined to do whatever he can to help keep Allison safe, he's been struggling since the death of his wife, this case may what he needs to help him find his way again. I loved the suspense, and how it kept me guessing how they would find their way out. 

Allison lives her faith, and does her best to stay strong throughout this whole ordeal. I liked that she kept a level head, and was there for Jackson when he needed her.

A high stakes, fast-paced adventure. It was pretty much nonstop action, with great main characters of depth, and I liked Jackson's arc over the course of the book. Engaging, entertaining, and suspenseful!


I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for Accidental Target by Theresa Hall, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Theresa Hall

Theresa Hall is an award-winning author of Christian fiction whose stories include military, law enforcement, and first responder heroes. As a native Texan, she loves to write suspenseful stories that happen in small Texas towns with old fashioned Southern values. She’s also a first-grade teacher who loves to cook, read a good suspense, and binge-watch episodes of Dateline and Discovery ID. She is a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America) and ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). She actively promotes fellow Christian Fiction authors on her blog and can be found online at www.theresalynnhall.com.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a Chocolate Cake cookbook and a $20 Amazon gift card!

Accidental Target JustRead Giveaway

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8.11.2020

Relative Silence by Carrie Stuart Parks ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Money, privilege, and a picture perfect life isn’t what it seems.

Piper lost her daughter Dove in a tragic accident 15 years ago. Now in the present she is still putting together the pieces of her life, living on her family’s island. Attempts on her life send her looking for answers, with the help of a forensic detective, Tucker, who helps her ask the right questions.

A family drama based thriller, filled with secrets, and deadly ambitions. There was a lot going on and a lot to unpack as secrets are revealed, and tensions are high. I liked how Tucker is a friend to Piper giving her a safe space and person to bounce ideas off of, as well as a voice of faith and reason. This was a difficult read for me, because I didn’t like Piper’s family and how their dynamics play out throughout the course of the book.

I thought that Piper’s love for classic movies was a fun addition, as she compares things to scenarios on film or quotes her favorite movies. And I loved her passion for animals.

In the end, while this book had an engaging plot and a lot of good things going for it, I personally found it to be unsatisfying, plus it was hard to relate their lavish lifestyle. And by the time I had turned the last page down I felt like I still had some questions. So in conclusion this book just wasn’t a good fit for my tastes, I have read other books by this author that I enjoyed, and I will definitely read others by her in the future, but this one just wasn’t for me. 


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

8.10.2020

Memories of Glass by Melanie Dobson ~ Review

My Review:

A poignant tale of two women in Holland, fighting for the lives of the children as well as their own during the dark days of WWII. 

A dual timeline story that weaves together pieces of the past and present, highlighting the brave men and women who risked everything for the sake of others, and the terrible injustices suffered in Holland during the second World War. 

I procrastinated a bit on this one as dual timelines and holocaust don't always draw my attention right away, but I was blown away by this touching and powerful story. The modern day story tells of Ava Drake, a young woman working for her family's philanthropic foundation as she uncovers the dark secrets of her family's wealth. Meanwhile in the 1940's, we follow Josie and Eliese, two friends reunited by the war, as they experience a fast changing world as their freedoms are lost and they make sacrifices with the hope of doing some lasting good for the sake of the children. I don't usually like bouncing back and forwards in time, but this book made me love it, as I compared present and past trying to piece together the clues as to how it was all connected. 

I loved how this book kept me guessing throughout, and I wasn't completely sure how it would end. This book realistically shows humans at their best and worst, showing the horror of the Nazi occupation in Holland, as well as the unbreakable hope and will to fight for something better. Fantastic characters, that felt tangible, realistically flawed and imperfect.  A masterfully told tale of faith, friendship, and courage. 


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

8.07.2020

Love's Mountain Quest by Misty M. Beller ~ Celebrate Lit Tour, Review, and Giveaway



About the Book



Book:  Love’s Mountain Quest
Author: Misty M Beller
Genre:  Historical romance
Release Date: June 30, 2020

After losing her husband in the Rocky Mountain wilderness, young widow Joanna Watson is struggling to make a new home for her five-year-old son, Samuel, in the little mountain town of Settler’s Fort. When she returns home from work to find Samuel and the woman watching him missing–and the sheriff dead–she enlists a man she prays has enough experience in this rugged country to help.

Isaac Bowen wants nothing more than a quiet, invisible life in these mountains, far away from the bad decisions of his past. But he has a strong suspicion of who’s behind the kidnapping and murder, and if he’s right, he knows all too well the evil they’re
chasing.

As they press on against the elements, Joanna fights to hold on to hope, while Isaac knows a reckoning is coming. They find encouragement in the tentative trust that grows between them, but whether it can withstand the danger and coming confrontation is far from certain in this wild, unpredictable land.

Review:

A connected companion to Hope's Highest Mountain, readers return to the rugged beauty of the Montana mountains.

Joanna Watson sets off on a quest to retrieve her son from a band of ruffians, with the help of loner Isaac Bowen, a man with secrets of his own. Joanna is determined to pull her own weight, as well as protect those in her care. She is very logical and level-headed despite everything that has happened to her, putting her trust in God. Meanwhile, Isaac is used to being in control and being someone that others can depend on, he is used to being alone, and isn't accustomed to depending on someone else. Both Isaac and Joanna are strong faith driven people, they get to know each other better over the course of the story, as they work together, forming a friendship under the Montana sky.

Laura is taken along with Samuel, enduring the cruel treatment of hardened men, as she fights for her life and that of the small boy in her charge. I admired her strength and endurance.

A story of hardship and triumph in the face of adversity, friendship, faith, and determination. There were times when it was hard to read, because more and more bad things kept happening, and I just wanted to say, " Haven't they suffered enough?" But by the end, I appreciated everything that they had gone through, and I felt for them. I think that the author does a great job of showing their strong faith against the challenges of the mountains and man. Fans of the first book will love seeing returning faces in this story, as well as getting to know new characters and their stories.


I received a complimentary ecopy of this book. Opinions are my own.


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About the Author


After working for 13 years in the corporate world, Misty M. Beller (mistymbeller.com) is now the author of fourteen independently published Christian historical romance novels. Raised on a farm in South Carolina, she combines her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life by writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. She lives outside Charlotte, North Carolina, is an active member of ACFW, and teaches regularly at conferences and writing groups on effective book marketing.



More from Misty

The Story Behind the Story: Love’s Mountain Quest

Love’s Mountain Quest was one of the hardest books I’ve ever written, even though I LOVE Isaac and Joanna and their story. What made this book so hard was the fact that I wrote most of the story during my third trimester of pregnancy with our son!

Our little Matthew is our fourth baby (and first boy), so I was VERY heavy with child during the last three months I carried him, and that was the time that I’d scheduled to write Love’s Mountain Quest. Needless to say, the words were not flowing very well. My creativity was as exhausted as the rest of me! I could see Isaac and Joanna’s story in my mind, but showing it for readers using real words was the hard part.
Thankfully, I have an amazing editor at Bethany House (waving at Jen Veilleux!) who helped me massage the first draft, pushing both me and the story to be the very best we could be. Unfortunately for her, the edits for this book were the first bit of writing I did after taking a short maternity leave after the birth, so my brain was still a bit mushy from all the post-partum hormones and lack of sleep a newborn always brings. Jen’s patience through the process was remarkable, yet I so appreciate her determination not to stop until we had the very best book possible.
Our little Matthew just turned one, and Love’s Mountain Quest is finally making its way out into the world. Because of Jen, I’m so excited to share it with you! I can’t wait for you to meet the characters and story I love so much.

Blog Stops

Splashes of Joy, July 30
Emily Yager, August 1
Simple Harvest Reads, August 1 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Genesis 5020, August 3
Betti Mace, August 5
Older & Smarter?, August 8
Mary Hake, August 8
Pause for Tales, August 9
Blessed & Bookish, August 10
Hallie Reads, August 10
Wishful Endings, August 11
Lighthouse Academy, August 11 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)
Artistic Nobody, August 12 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Bizwings Blog, August 12

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize package of Love’s Mountain Quest, Hope’s Highest Mountain, and a bath bomb!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.