The Red Canary by Rachel Scott McDaniel ~ Review

My Review:

The Roaring 20's come to life in this suspenseful romance, filled with heart and faith. 

Witness to a murder, speakeasy singer Vera Pembroke finds herself  on the run and under the protection of Sergeant Mick Dinelo, a man determined to shut down the seedy underground schemes of the gangsters that changed his life forever. 

An engaging read from the start I was invested in Vera's plight, I loved how the author shows rather than tells how stuck Vera feels in her struggle to survive. Vera is a plucky heroine, she knows how to play the part, and is full of bravado, but craves something real. She and Mick could not be more different, and I liked their opposites attract friendship. I also liked how they both draw out the best in each other.

This is a well paced read with great characters, foreshadowing, and well plotted in a way that makes everything satisfyingly fall into place by the end. The characters are well developed and I loved the brother-sister duo of the Caption and Miss Lacey, who are fantastic friends, mentors, and guardian angels. 

Overall, a well written read, with well done character growth and portrayals of faith. Entertaining and well paced, I loved the chemistry of the friendship between Mick and Vera. Definitely recommend!

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


Deeds of the Deceitful by Ellery Adams and Tina Radcliffe ~ Review

 Lucie's Review:

A welcoming cozy mystery, the sixth in a series, and even though I hadn't read the previous books in the series I felt right at home. 

A full cast of colorful characters, and engaging plot with fantastic pacing, this book had me wondering why I hadn't discovered this series sooner. This book caught my eye because I'm a fan of Tina Radcliffe and cozy mysteries are right up my alley so I thought I'd give it a try, and I'm sure glad I did. There is a lot going on with the various characters, and even though there are a lot of them, they and each of their plots are distinct and memorable. 

I loved how each of the Bible study members brings something fresh to the table, as they work together to solve the mysteries. So many of the characters are well built and all of the side characters really pop, I can't wait to read more in this series and read more books by Ellery Adams!

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

To Steal a Heart by Jen Turano ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Jen Turano is back with a brand new series, full of mystery, romance, and hilarious miscommunication!

When Gabriella's friend is falsely accused of a crime, she and her fellow boardinghouse members band together to clear the name of their friend. While on the case she comes face to face with a man that she never thought she'd see again, Nicholas Quinn, once an orphan like her who was adopted by a wealthy professor, and is now part of the dream of society. As they are thrown together in one case after another, their re-established friendship is tested, but could it be more?

A fast-paced, fun-filled read, with a full cast of colorful characters and lively interactions. The excellent pacing and great interaction between the characters, interlaced with hilarious misadventures keep the story from feeling episodic. I loved how the ladies of the boarding house all worked together, each bringing their own special skill set to the table, and I can't wait to get to know them better in future books!

Overall, a delightful, and highly entertaining read. I didn't want to put this book down. This books is not for people who take themselves too seriously, as it is just too much fun. Excellent start to what is sure to be a fantastic series!

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


The Defiance by Laura Gallier ~ Review


The fight continues. 

Owen and Ray Anne have dealt Molek a small defeat, but he is gathering his strength again and the whole world is at stake. 

A great addition to the series, and this is definitely a series you will want to read in order as the plot draws heavily on past events and knowledge. The third in the series, and I'm not sure if more books are forthcoming or not, but if there are, I will read them. I love how the author continues to ramp it up and take each book up a notch, raising the stakes. I think that the author does a fantastic job of showing the struggles and doubts that we face even after becoming Christians, in a way that is realistic and all too true. 

I liked where this book went with the characters, and how far they have come over the overall arc of the story. Owen is focused on fighting the righteous fight, but he still struggles with distractions and strife. I liked his drive to help others, he is a hero you want to cheer for, and his flaws are all too familiar, which only makes him more compelling. 

Overall, an action packed read, compelling, with high stakes and with danger that will chill your spine with its reality. A fantastic speculative thriller, I didn't want to put it down. In some ways this book brings everything full circle, but in other ways it only opens more questions. A satisfying read, I can't wait to see what it next!

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


Another Gospel by Alisa Childers ~ Review


A lifelong Christian, Alisa Childers found herself facing tough questions that threatened to undermine her assurance in Christ, casting seeds of doubt. In this book she shares her experience, and how it sent her on a quest for concrete answers to feed her faith, and find answers to help others stand firm in Biblical truth amid the wave of Progressive Christianity. 

I've read other books on this topic, but of all of them this is my favorite, and most compelling. I liked how the author honestly shares the confusion and doubts that she was facing, thoroughly explaining the breakdowns in progressive /emergent theology and resoundingly answering with biblical truth, complete with references. Though written for the current climate, this book has a timelessness that comes with its affirmation of absolute truth. 

Overall, this is probably my non-fiction Christian must-read of the year, I completed this book and immediately started raving about how well done it was, and how relatable it is. The things that she talks about aren't foreign, in fact I have often myself struggled with how to respond to these more progressive claims that sound OK, but something just isn't quite right about it. I love how this book is firmly addresses what is in the Bible and the things that we know for sure as absolute truth about God, our feelings don't trump truth. We don't have to settle for hopeful agnosticism, but we can know for sure through God's Word. A must read for every Christian!

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


The Delusion and The Deception by Laura Gallier ~ Two Book Review


Eleven students have committed suicide at Masonville High, Owen is determined to keep his head down and just get through his senior year, but an encounter in the woods changes everything when Owen can suddenly see the spiritual warfare taking place around him. 

A new teen/young adult series focusing on spiritual warfare, the first book is an engaging introduction that upon reading felt familiar as I had recently read a few different books that hit similar plot points. Though I would say that this series describes spiritual warfare  in more physical terms, where other books I have read were more subtle. 

The story is told through Owen's point of view, he is a young man full of potential with a troubled home life, who wants to make a difference. We follow him as his eyes are opened to the evil around
him. He is a well done character, who realistically struggles to understand what is going on around him. I think that story really picks up in book two when the stakes are raised and we see Owen as a new Christian, still struggling to break free of his old bonds and understand his new faith. I liked how all of his problems didn't go away when he became a Christian, he still struggled and there were new challenges, yet he had a new armory of weapons. 

I got into this series when I picked up the third book in the series, not realizing that it wasn't a standalone. So I headed to my local library and thankfully they had these two books so I could catch up, and I'm glad that I did. 

Overall, a well done series that encourages readers to think more about spiritual warfare, an engaging plot, fast paced, and full of suspense. Well done character growth that ebbs and flows in a natural and believable way. Spine chilling read, a darker read than typical for me personally, but it also glimmers gloriously with hope. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

I checked out these books from my local library. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Bride by Blackmail by Debbie Lynne Costello ~ Celebrate Lit Tour, Review, and Giveaway


About the Book


Book: Bride by Blackmail

Author: Debbie Lynne Costello

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: September 15, 2020


A broken heart, a controlling father, and an intrusive Scot leave Charlotte Jackson reeling. Accused of stealing an heirloom pin, she must choose between an unwanted marriage and the ruin of her family name. With the futures of her three younger sisters at stake, as well as her own reputation, Charlotte must navigate through injustice to find forgiveness and true happiness.

Eager to find the traitor that caused the death of his brother, Duncan Mackenzie comes to America and attempts to fit in with Charleston society. But when the headstrong Charlotte catches his eye, Duncan takes on a second mission—acquiring the lass’s hand. After being spurned several times, he uses unconventional ways of winning her heart.


A strong willed heroine and a headstrong hero, find their lives entwined by blackmail. 

There is  plenty going on in  this historical romance, Charlotte is devoted to her family, she has her eyes set on a particular man, when Duncan Mackenzie bursts into her life and upends everything. This is an intriguing read with secrets to uncover, and I actually wish that it had leaned more into Duncan's spying as I think that would have been another great addition. 

I like that Charlotte has a supportive and encouraging friend in Nellie, her sister. There are some fantastic supporting characters, and I thought this was an enjoyable read, though it did take a little for me to get into, as I wasn't initially a fan of Duncan's high-handedness, but I did warm to him as he put more of an effort into winning her heart. 

Overall, filled with drama and romance, it has a stubborn heroine with a mind of her own, and a Scottish man who knows what he wants when he sees it!

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

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About the Author


Debbie Lynne Costello has been writing since the young age of eight. She went to college for journalism. She enjoys medieval settings and settings set in nineteenth century Charleston, South Carolina. She loves the Lord and hopes to touch people’s lives through her stories. Debbie Lynne lives in the beautiful state of South Carolina with her husband of 40 years, their 4 children, 2 Tennessee Walking horses, 2 Arabians, miniature donkey, 6 ducks, and 3 dogs.


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It is fun to build characters in books and one of the best ways is to show some sort of a hobby or skill that the particular character enjoys. In Bride by Blackmail, Charlotte and her sister, Nellie, are doing needlework on a tablecloth that they hope to have done by the holiday season. My grandmother who would be over a hundred today loved to do needlework. I have pieces from when she was young up until her later years when she did needlework on pillowcases to decorate them up as a Christmas present. But I also have pieces done by my great-great grandmother and her sisters. They are cherished pieces I hope to hand down for generations. As part of my giveaway I’ve purchased antique needlework and embroidered pieces to giveaway with the prizes.

Another fun way to build characters is show something they love to eat. Nellie, who is a minor character, is visiting the hero’s home with her family. Duncan being from Scotland has scones on the breakfast menu. Nellie can’t get enough of the yummy biscuits and finds the servant enjoys helping her continue her indulgence even after she leaves.




Preheat oven to 400


2 cups of flour

1/3 cup sugar

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

½ cup sour cream

½ cup butter (hard)

½ cup cranberries

1 large egg

2 tsp. sugar (do not put this in with the dry ingredients. This is for topping.)


Mix together dry ingredients in large bowl. Once mixed well, cut hard butter into pats and drop into the bowl. Now cut the butter into the floured mixture until it is more like a crumble. Set aside.


In a small bowl, whisk together your egg and your sour cream until well mixed.


With a fork (no mixer!) blend the liquid mixture into the flour mixture, keep stirring until the mixture becomes one large ball. If you need to you can use your hands toward the end to make sure all the flour is in the ball.


On a lightly floured surface pat the dough out to about 3/4” thick. I try to make mine a rectangle for the next step. Once you have the thickness right, sprinkle with the remaining 2 tsps. sugar. Cut the dough into triangles and place on cookie sheet (you can use parchment paper on the cookie sheet). Be sure to place adequately apart on the sheet to prevent them touching when rising.

Bake approximately 15 minutes or until they are a beautiful golden color.

Allow to cool slightly. These are wonderful warm or cold!

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An Amish Holiday Courtship by Emma Miller ~ Review

Lucie's Review: 

A sweet holiday romance, filled with amazing characters, adorable children, faith and family. 

Ginger takes a job as a nanny to her neighbor Eli, who is widowed with four young children. Ginger has her heart set on catching the eye of Joe, an eligible bachelor who has all the girls' heads turning. Ginger is a great cook, well-organized and is fantastic with Eli's children, I love how she takes the time to spend time with Eli's daughter and teach her new things. She is confident and friendly, and well-liked among her peers. 

This is a fun and engaging read, with well developed characters, and great interaction. A very enjoyable read, a quick read because I didn't want to put it down. I loved Ginger's large family, and how her mother is looking out for her. 

Overall, an entertaining holiday romance, with a great plot, heartwarming and sweet. Definitely makes for a great Christmastime read on a cold night, worth the read.

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


Long Walk Home by DiAnn Mills ~ Review


An Arab Christian, an American doctor, and a rebel leader find their lives inextricably intertwined when a young woman with a bright future ahead of her is taken by the slave traders in the heart of Southern Sudan. 

The characters come alive in this thought provoking and compelling read, as we are introduced to the brave men and women who have never known anything other than war in the divided Sudan. This book does an excellent job of explaining the conflict for those not familiar with the plight of the Sudanese and the loss of a country who has lost so many generations to war.

Larson is an American doctor who has spent years working among the Sudanese people that she has come to love, battling fatigue and a sense of duty. She is passionate about serving the Sudanese, and is fiercely protective of her young assistant, Rachel, and her adopted son, Ayok. 

Ben Alier is a man educated in American who returned to his homeland  to fight alongside his people. He is devoted to fighting for peace with the SPLA (Sudanese People's Liberation Army) each death another scar on his hardened heart. He is headstrong and can be impulsive or calculated, feeding an anger that keeps him fighting. 

Arab Christian Paul Farid left his live of ease behind to bring much needed supplies  the people of Sudan. He wants to do so much more with what God has given him, wanting to be ready to answer the call whenever it comes, but his past makes him a man that few will trust. Paul is a man completely transformed by the Word of God, I loved uncovering his story as the plot unfolded. I loved how he treated people with grace because of the grace shown him.

An unforgettable read, that brings to life the conflicts of Sudan, and the sacrifices of the young in this poignant story of epic proportions. Well researched, with strong well developed characters that leap off the page. I liked how the author showed the gritty, grisly reality of a war-torn country with so much lost potential due to the ravages of war, yet amidst it all is hope. 

A must read, from bestselling author DiAnn Mills, this book brings together all of the best elements of her writing, compelling, heartbreaking, and suspenseful. A book you won't soon forget. 

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

A Picture of Love by Beth Wiseman ~ Review


Delightful read, and charming characters. 

Naomi works at the Peony Inn for two sisters who are like family to her, she has been burned in love before but when a man who shares her appreciation for art comes to lend a hand at the inn she finds herself rethinking everything. 

Lizzie and Esther are two widowed sisters who run an inn together, and dabble in matchmaking. I loved their sisterly squabbles and teasing, and they were my favorite characters of the book. Lizzie's spirited ways made me laugh, and I admired Esther's determination and compassion. 

This is a fast read, set in a charming Amish community, with fun larger than life characters. I loved how Amos and Naomi got to know each other through a shared hobby, and both were able to open up to each other as they got to know each other. One of my favorite relationships in this book though was the burgeoning friendship between Gus and Esther, with all their bargaining and bickering. 

Overall, a highly enjoyable read, with engaging characters, dialogue, strong themes of friendship and forgiveness. I can't wait to visit the Peony Inn again soon!

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


The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Intrigue and romance on the Cornwall coast.

Liam Twethewey comes to Wyndcliff Hall to claim his inheritance left to him by his great-uncle. But the Hall holds many secrets, as the coast is a frequent bearer of tragedy, and the location of many a shipwreck.

Evelyn is the granddaughter of Wyndcliff's steward, she has lived her life along the coast and inside its halls. Her family is much reduced in circumstance than they previously were, her future is unclear, but she longs for a family and a place to belong. 

After meeting on the moors, Liam and Evelyn become fast friends s they work together to unravel the terrible secrets of Wyndcliff. I liked that Liam is a willing learner, he wants to be hands on, and work hard to make his inheritance a success. He comes to rely on Evelyn as one of the few people he can turn to, and I admired his drive to get to the bottom of things.

Overall, a riveting read set along the coast. Great character development and interaction, I loved how Evelyn and Liam got to know each other as they worked together to discover the secrets. Well paced with an engaging plot, can be read as part of the series, or as a stand alone! Well worth the read!

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

Dangerous Virtues by John Koessler ~ Review

My Review:

Can evil and sin ever be called good?
Welcome to the post-Modern era.

 In this concise read John Koessler takes readers through the 7 deadly sins, once objectively viewed dangerous and deadly, but in our present day the definitions have been twisted and changed to be almost admirable. The author shows how these sins have been rebranded as virtues in our Western culture, as we say, "Oh a little pride, lust, greed, etc. won't hurt." 

Koessler takes us back to the Biblical definitions of these sins, defining what God clearly calls good and what is sin. As Christians who have accepted Christ as Lord, we are called to live upright and holy lives, though we will never be completely cleansed from our sinful natures until we are made like Him. 

This book is accessible and easy to read, conversational in tone, yet digging deep using cultural examples as well as Biblical ones, backing it up with text. Each chapter ends with a few brief questions to ponder and self examine. 

Overall, this book is a timely reminder of what makes each of these sins so deadly, as we mere humans try to twist the meanings to suit our sin. Koessler encourages Christians and churches to stand firm, using discernment, and God's Word to wage our war against sin knowing that the battle is already won in Christ. 

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


Christmas Protection Detail by Terri Reed ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

A single mother's car crash brings Nick Delaney and Deputy Kaitlin Lanz together as they work to protect baby Rosie, from the people who it appears will stop at nothing to get to her. 

A fast paced, and engaging suspense, with intriguing protagonists. I liked how the baby brought two unlikely people together as they work to take care of a baby girl, and keep her safe. Kaitlin works hard to keep proving herself as a capable officer, she is close to her family and is passionate about her job. Nick protects himself with his flirty persona, acting the part of a rich playboy, hiding a passion to make a difference.

Nick and Kaitlin both have their own protection mechanisms, through the walls they build and the images they project, but caring for a baby tears all that away. I liked how they came to trust each other, and solve problems in order to keep baby Rosie safe.

Overall, a fast paced and entertaining read, I didn't want to put it down. I loved the strong themes of faith, family, and opening your heart to love. Definitely recommend to fans of romantic suspense!

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

The Cul-de-Sac War by Melissa Ferguson ~ Review


Bree Leake and Chip McBride can't stand each other, the only problem is that they are next door neighbors. 

Bree is had spent most of her life drifting from profession to profession, her latest being a member of the fair folk in the Barter's latest play. She longs to put down roots and find the place that she belongs, but nothing ever seems to be the right fit. 

Chip McBride is starting over in his hometown, after moving back to be closer to his family. Everything is all set up for him, but he doesn't want to follow the path marked out for him from the sales job to the girlfriend right out of Southern Belle Magazine. If only he could prove himself, and escape his family's looming shadow.

This is a fast paced, modern romantic comedy, with colorful characters and plenty of hijinks along the way. This was an engaging read, but I wish that the characters had been able to spend more time together, rather than just thinking about each other all the time. 

Overall, a light hearted read, with plenty of laughs, I absolutely loved Russell's antics and his love for Bree. Mrs. Lewis is so adorable, and I loved Bree's quirky friends. They both have fantastic families. A quick fun read, that is at times outrageous. Great for fans of romantic comedy.

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


Softly Blows the Bugle by Jan Drexler ~ Review


Elizabeth Kaufman was relieved to hear that her husband would not return from war, now a widow she has returned to her Amish roots and is determined never to marry or be under  man's thumb again.

The end of the war brings the return of her brother, and along with him an Englisher friend, Aaron Zook, who is bent on heading West.  Also new to the valley is Solomon Mast, who has bought the neighboring property, and has his eye set on marriage.

The third in a series, but it can be read as a stand alone. Well researched I think that it did a great job of showing what Amish communities might have been like in the later 1800's. The story was engaging and fast paced, I like how it follows up on characters from the previous books. But it was very difficult to see Elizabeth headed into a disaster after already having gone through so much. Plus, I strongly dislike being inside the bad guy's head, especially this one. He was so cold and calculating, I know why his chapters were important to the plot, but I just hated him as a person SO much!

Overall, this was an engaging read, with well developed characters, and an entertaining plot making for a quick read. Strong themes of faith, and community. A wonderful read for fans of historical and Amish fiction!

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

The Evergreen Bride by Pam Hillman ~ Review


Annabelle Denson has never seen snow, and she dreams of a white Christmas with her Illinois cousins. Her best friend Samuel Frazier is just starting out in his woodworking business, he had along hidden his true feelings for Annabelle, but is now afraid that once she leaves that she may not come back. 

A sweet friends to lovers Christmas romance. I loved the strong sense of family and friendship, I liked how Samuel wants to be the best kind of man and provider for a future wife. Annabelle loves to learn and experience new things, I liked that she wants to branch out and explore a little. 

Overall, a enjoyable Christmas romance, with great characters and themes of faith. It is a short read, so I don't want to spoil too much!

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


Castaway Cowboy by Pam Hillman ~ Review


After an explosion sinks their ship, a band of unlikely survivors find themselves stranded on a Caribbean island. 

Abby Lindstrom is a nanny in charge of two young children, bringing them to reunite with their father. Along with them are a cabin boy, missionaries, Paulette and Milton, and cowboy Zach Holifield. Zach is a natural leader, he takes charge right away, making a plan to survive on the island that they have found themselves on. I liked how they all worked together to survive and to devise ways to escape. 

This has a full cast of characters, and I loved the strong themes of faith. If I ever get shipwrecked, I want a couple like Paulette and Milton to be right there with me!

Filled with action, faith, and great characters. This was an engaging read that I devoured, I loved how everyone pulled together to survive  the island and the dangers that they faced. Highly recommend!

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


Plan B by Erin Stevenson ~ Celebrate Lit, Review and Giveaway

About the Book


Book: Plan B

Author: Erin Stevenson

Genre: Inspirational romance

Release Date: August 1, 2018

Landon St. Clair, an up and coming partner in one of St. Louis’ most prestigious law firms, was left at the altar on New Year’s Day at the city’s social event of the season. He wants nothing more than to lick his wounds in solitude and figure out a Plan B, and intends to keep his reservation at the St. Jardin Honeymoon Resort, even without a bride. With the owners’ reluctant approval, Landon takes on an assumed identity and cuts all ties to home for the week.

Kelsea Anderson is a jilted bride with nothing left but a battered heart and a plane ticket to the Caribbean. The only part of her doomed wedding that she had any say in was the honeymoon. She paid for it, and there’s no reason she can’t come to the romantic resort alone, so Kelsea jumps on a plane the day after New Year’s to escape the icy St. Louis winter and come up with a Plan B for the rest of her life.

Lottery winners Rose and Ike Goldman, married for 53 years, never looked back when they left Brooklyn, NY for the Caribbean where they bought a honeymoon resort three years ago. Rose was something of a matchmaker in Brooklyn, and once she meets Kelsea and “Brandon,” she knows she has her work cut out for her. She has only a week to convince them that sometimes, Plan B is the best plan of all.

Take a quick getaway to St. Jardin! Plan B is your ticket to a tropical paradise filled with beautiful gardens, merriment, and romance.


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A delightful escape, filled with matchmaking, and new beginnings.

This is a completely charming read, set in a paradise escape. I loved the chemistry between Landon and Kelsea as they get to know each other and bond over their similar situations. I liked the natural interaction, as they warm to each other, and how they come to embrace their time in St. Jardin, making the best of a bad situation. 

Rose and Ike are darling, I couldn't help but smile at Rose's schemes and adorable methods of throwing "Brandon" and Kelsea together. I loved how Landon stands up for Kelsea and how they both have a great network of friends. 

A delightfully charming, humorous romantic comedy set in a beautiful paradise location, with fantastic characters that brought a smile to my face. This was a quick read, that I devoured in one sitting. Highly engaging and enjoyable sweet, clean romance. Definitely recommend!

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

About the Author

Erin was raised in Illinois and has lived in many places in the U.S., including on both coasts, but is a Midwest girl at heart. She spent many years as an educator from pre-school through college levels, and currently works in training and internal communications for a global corporation.

When she’s not writing, Erin loves spending time with her family and playing in the garden (which equates to mostly pulling weeds) at her central Iowa home. Her secret indulgence is plain M&Ms.


More from Erin

A Lucky License Plate

In November 2017, I was driving to the library to pick up a book I had ordered (when I’m not writing, I’m reading) and a car passed me on the highway. I looked over and its personalized license plate said NO PLAN B. All of a sudden a story popped into my mind about a jilted bride. She’s left at the altar and has to come up with a plan B for the rest of her life. When I got to the library, I had the story arc. It just came pouring out. My mother always told me to have a Plan B. That advice has served me well through the years, and I passed that important life lesson on to my daughter.

I wrote Plan B in about a month, the first in my three-book St. Clair Family series, which follows the main characters and their extended family in their quest to find the life and the love meant for them. All three books were published by Happy Jack Publishing and launched over a six-month period.

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For Him and My Family, December 20

Artistic Nobody, December 21 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Texas Book-aholic, December 22

Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting, December 23

Spoken from the Heart, December 24

Cultivating Us, December 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 26

Pause for Tales, December 27

Sara Jane Jacobs, December 27

CarpeDiem, December 28

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 28


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Her Amish Wedding Quilt by Winnie Griggs ~ Just Read Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Her Amish Wedding Quilt Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Her Amish Wedding Quilt by Winnie Griggs, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Her Amish Wedding Quilt
Title: Her Amish Wedding Quilt 
Series: Hope's Haven #1 
Author: Winnie Griggs 
Publisher: Forever 
Release Date: December 15, 2020 
Genre: Amish Romance 

An Amish seamstress and a single father have a chance to make a fresh start in this heartwarming novel about finding love when you need it the most. 

Spirited, forthright, impulsive -- everyone told Greta Eicher she'd have to change her ways if she ever hoped to marry. Then her best friend Calvin, the man she thought she would wed, chooses another woman. Now Greta's wondering if the others were right all along. Her dreams dashed, she pours her energy into crafting beautiful quilts at her shop and helping widower Noah Stoll care for his adorable young children. 

Noah knows it's time to think about finding a wife. When Greta offers to play matchmaker on his behalf, Noah eagerly accepts. After all, no one knows his children better. But none of the women she suggests seems quite right, because, unexpectedly, his feelings of respect and friendship for Greta have grown into something even deeper and richer. But will he have enough faith to overcome the pain of his past and give love another chance? 


 A thoroughly charming matchmaking romance, of friendship, faith, and family. 

From the very beginning I loved Greta for her practical and sensible approach to things, she is a problem solver, with a big heart. Greta is an incredibly loyal friend, I loved how she is an encourager, and has a way of making everyone feel valued, speaking truth while being tactful. 

This is an engaging story, with a full cast of characters ( I hope to see many of them in future books). I loved the strong sense of community and family in this story, though I will admit it was hard at first to keep all the characters straight, but only in the very beginning. 

I really like how this book has a strong emphasis on friendship and family. Noah is an excellent father, and is much more reserved than Greta, but he ponders things deeply. 

Overall, this was a highly engaging read with a fun plot twists, and well developed protagonists that you can cheer for to the end. I look forward to returning to Hope Haven in the future. A heartwarming read that I couldn't put down. Highly recommend!

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


Winnie Griggs

Winnie Griggs is the multi-published, award-winning author of romances that focus on small towns, big hearts, and amazing grace. Her work has won a number of regional and national awards, including the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award. Winnie grew up in southeast Louisiana in an undeveloped area her friends thought of as the back of beyond. Eventually, she found her own Prince Charming, and together they built a storybook happily-ever-after, one that includes four now-grown children who are all happily pursuing adventures of their own. When not busy writing, she enjoys cooking, browsing estate sales, and solving puzzles. She is also a list maker, a lover of exotic teas, and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.

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Her Amish Wedding Quilt

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Destination Christmas by Pam Hillman ~ Review


Katie Haversham has spent most her life by her father's side working the ranch, but when her aunt convinces her father to let with her back to Portland to get a taste of society, Katie finds herself on a train headed west. When an avalanche waylays their train, the passengers must fight for survival while staying warm and finding ways to still celebrate Christmas. 

I liked Creed right from the get go, he is a hardworking, solution finding man, who is always looking out for others. I liked how he and Katie work together and make a great team as they help make the rest of the passengers more comfortable and get to know each other better. 

Overall, this was an entertaining and enjoyable holiday romance, with memorable characters, faith and excellent character interaction. Definitely recommend!

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

A Dazzle of Diamonds by Liz Johnson ~ Review

My Review: 

A romantic comedy full of Southern sass and tradition. 

Stood up on her wedding day, Penelope Hunter is shocked when three years later her ex and his new fiancé come to her to help plan their upcoming wedding. Meanwhile she is helping her best friend Tucker Westbrook with his uphill campaign for sheriff, against an opponent determined to drag Tucker's name through the mud. Can they solve a mystery over 150 years old to clear his name and help win his bid for sheriff?

Penelope and Tucker have been best friends for as long as they can remember, they've been with each other through thick and thin. I loved their easygoing rapport, and how they just know each other so well, bringing out the best in each other. Aunt Shirley is a hoot, and I loved how she didn't wait for an adventure to find her, but sought them out herself. She says it like it is, but knows her timing too. 

I really liked how Tucker has worked hard for all of his accomplishments, there are plenty of things that didn't come easily for him. I admired his work ethic, and how he is always there to stand up for PJ. I loved how Penelope is a normal sized girl, she is beautiful, but still worries about her weight and isn't super model thin. She is a brilliant event planner, and I loved her compassion for others. 

Overall this was a completely enjoyable read, I loved the witty and humorous narrative that made me laugh out loud multiple times. Penelope and Tucker are a fantastic team, and I loved them together as they searched for treasure while keeping up their charade. I also enjoyed the historical storyline as well, following Caroline as she finds herself caught between new love and loyalty. Engaging with strong themes of faith, with great chemistry, colorful characters, and love!

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


An Amish Holiday Family by Jo Ann Brown ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

A community comes together to give three children a safe place to stay for the the holidays, but could this family of convenience become a permanent one?

A heartwarming tale of family and new beginnings just in time for Christmas. Beth Ann is a Mennonite midwife, she comes down to Evergreen Corners to help with the flood relief, she has a big heart for others, and I loved how she was willing to selflessly give. Robert Yoder has always been handy, so he also volunteers to help in the aftermath of the flood. I love how Robert is patient and takes time to teach the children new skills, he is thoughtful and kind, even though he fears that he would never make a good father. 

The children are very sweet and protective of each other, I Tommy is just adorable, and I like how Dougie looks out for his siblings. 

Overall, this was a heartwarming tale of an unlikely family. I loved getting to know all of the children and seeing Robert and Beth Ann work together as they grow in their friendship. A enjoyable read with a great sense of community. 

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


Deadly Amish Reunion by Dana R. Lynn ~ Just Read Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Deadly Amish Reunion Blog + Review Tour 

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Deadly Amish Reunion

Title: Deadly Amish Reunion 
Series: Amish Country Justice #9
Dana R. Lynn
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date:
December 1, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Amish Romantic Suspense

Separated by amnesia… 
reunited by a lethal holiday threat. 

Jennie Beiler’s husband was supposed to be dead, so she’s shocked when he rescues her from an attacker. Although Luke has no memories of his Englisch wife, it’s up to him to protect her from someone who won’t stop until she’s dead. 

Can the peaceful Amish community he returned to after losing his memory shelter them and their son this Christmas when danger strikes again?

Fast paced engaging storytelling that reaches and grabs you from the very beginning.

Reunited with the husband that she thought was dead, Jennie Beiler is shocked when Luke shows up at her door offering protection from her attacker. 

 I enjoyed the unique premise of this story, and how it all came together with it's consistently great pacing and great characters. LJ is so adorable and I love how he quickly adapts to everything going on, taking it as it comes, and welcoming Luke into his life. 

This book has all the right things going for it, with a original plot, a great balance of heartwarming and action packed, and fantastic characters. I loved watching Jennie and Luke get to know each other again, as well as how Luke is protective and devoted to keeping his newfound family safe. This was a satisfying read, heartwarming, suspenseful, and sweet. Definitely recommend!

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

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Dana R. Lynn 
Dana R. Lynn is a USA Today bestselling author who believes in the power of God to touch people through stories. She met her husband at a wedding and married him nineteen months later. Today, they live in rural Pennsylvania with their three teenaged children and enough pets to open a petting zoo. She is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by day and writes stories of romance and danger at night. Dana is an avid reader, loves cats and thinks chocolate should be a food group. Dana is a Selah Award winner, a Holt Medallion Finalist, and a New England Reader’s Choice Award winner. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. She enjoys engaging with readers and can be found on social media or contacted via her website www.danarlynn.com.

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