Thursday, October 18, 2018

First Love Forever Romance Collection by Erica Vetsch, Susanne Dietze, Cynthia Hickey, Marcia Gruver, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Martha Rogers, Lorna Seilstad, Connie Stevens and Jennifer Uhlarik - Review




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You Never Forget Your
First Love

Coming face to face with a lost love can be awkward when the heartstrings are still holding on to the "what ifs." In settings from 1861 to 1910, nine couples are thrown back on the same path by life's changes and challenges. Can love rekindle despite the separation of time and space?

First Things First by Susanne Dietze
A most Reluctant Bride by Cynthia Hickey
Weeping Willow by Marcia Gruver
His Anchor by Carrie Fancett Pagels
After the Ball by Martrha Rogers
Lighter Than Air by Lorna Seilstad
In Due Season by Connie Stevens
Heartfelt Echoes by Jennifer Uhlarik
Prescription for Love by Erica Vetsch

Travel back to a gentler time in American history, and meet nine couples who never forgot how their hearts were once bound by love.


MY  REVIEW
I know I've said it before, but I love the collections books. Each story is a quick read and there are always some of my favorite authors, I then get introduced to some new authors as well. I enjoyed all of the stories, of course some some more than others but once I got into the stories that I wasn't enjoying at first, I found they were enjoyable reads also. Grab a copy and see if you enjoy it too!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

An Amish Homecoming by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray and Kathleen Fuller - Review




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No Place Like Home BY AMY CLIPSTON
Estranged daughter Eva Dienner has been staying with her in=laws, the Riehls, since her husband was killed in a fire, but now she wants to her son t meet his maternal grandparents. Upon her return,m Eva finds that the man her parents always intended fore her is living in their daadihaus and running the dairy farm for them for free, despite her suspicions of him taking advantage of her family. Eva knows she should put the past behind her, but is she ready to move into the future?

When Love Returns BY BETH WISEMAN
Hurricane Harvey forces Sarah Zook to return to the home she fled six years ago when she couldn't face her stern parents' reaction to her unplanned pregnancy. Upon her return, Abram King can think of nothing but the pain she caused him--until he meets Sarah's daughter and realizes that he never really stopped loving Sarah. Sarah and Abram must find a way to face the truth of their past so they can rekindle their first love.

The Courage to Love BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY
After the death of her Englisch husband, Irene Keim seeks a fresh start by staying with her new friends Mary Ruth and Henry Wengerd in exchange for helping them around the house. But when Mary Ruth and Henry's son Marcus comes around, he isn't pleased with the woman they've taken in and is determined to push her out. Misunderstandings abound, but both Irene and Marcus learn that people aren't always what they seem.

What Love Built BY KATHLEEN FULLER
Independent and headstrong, Carolyn is determined to forge ahead with the opening of her bakery, a lifelong dream, in the Birch Creek home she left ten years ago. But she's in over her head and needs help with the cleaning, shopping, and deliveries. Carpenter Atlee Shetler is visiting Birch Creek to escape the memories of his late wife. He takes a job renovating the new bakery and finds the project--and its owner--to be much more than he bargained for. Both Carolyn and Atlee must face pains of the past if they want to have the bright future God has planned for them

All stories include discussion questions


MY  REVIEW
Four very touching stories and I thoroughly enjoyed each one. These are all some of my favorite authors and they did not fail here. There was one "When Love Return" that had my eyes tearing up many time throughout the story. Every one of these stories shows how hard it is to go back home after a very painful decision to leave, they each show much faith and strength. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Amish Christmas Abduction by Dana R Lynn - Review of the third book in the Amish Country Justice series




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KIDNAPPED IN AMISH COUNTRY
After catching a glimpse of something she wasn't supposed to see days before Christmas, Irene Martello is run off the road and barely survives. More shocking is the backseat whimper of an Amish toddler stowaway and the familiar sight of their rescuer--the man who'd let her down years earlier. Police chief Paul Kennedy fears Irene stumbled onto a kidnapping ring with two dangerous agendas; retrieving the girl and silencing the witness for good. Only Paul can keep them safe for the holidays. Guarding Irene means risking his heart--and his secret--but to save the child and the woman he never stopped loving, it's a risk he has to take.


MY  REVIEW
WOW! Talk about action, being shot at, murder, it's all in here and makes for a fast paced story. A very good addition to the series. I have really enjoyed all three of the books that I've read in the series so far. The books 'could' be read as stand alone but I do like that I've read them in order. Looking forward to reading "Amish Country Ambush" when I get a copy and "Amish Christmas Emergency" when it comes out in November.

Prudie's Mountain Man by Elaine Manders - Review of the third book in the Annex Mail-Order Brides series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
Clean, Christian romance novella about a Victorian era, western mail-order bride.

Annex graduate, Prudie Walsh has lost her home and family merchandising business. She answers a mail-order bride ad for one reason only--Erich Stafford's dry-goods store.

Scarred by a cougar attack as a child, Erich has spent his entire adult life living as a hermit in the Wyoming mountains. After inheriting a dry-goods store in the nearby frontier town of Bent Fork, he leaves his mountain cabin and eagerly awaits his mail-order bride, a woman who will be the perfect helpmate in his new business.

He soon realizes the beautiful, ambitious Prudie carries scars of her own. It will take a lot of patience and faith to turn their business arrangement into a real marriage.

Prequels to the long historical novel series, "Under Cerulean Skies", the Annex Mail-Order Brides novella series follows three courageous young women who find love through the mail.


MY  REVIEW
This final book in the 'prequel' series was just as good as the first two, a story of patience and faith. Would be best if you read the three books in order. Great short story, series.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Ramee's Fugitive Cowboy by Elaine Manders - Review of the second book in the Annex Mail-Order Brides series




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Clean, Christian romance novella about a Victorian era, western mail-order bride.

While attending the Harvard Annex, Ramee Abbott gains acclaim as a dress designer and attracts the interest of a textile tycoon. She doesn't recognize how despicable he is until he sells her designs as his own and gives her an ultimatum--marry him immediately or face social ruin. Trouble is, he knows too much about her. She has to leave town fast.

After scanning the ads for mail-order brides, she chooses Josh Volker, a cowboy who's purchased a ranch near Sacramento, California.

Although Josh has recently turned his life around and become a Christian, a bad reputation hounds him. No decent woman will marry him, and after years of drifting, he wants a wife to help him build his new ranch.

He didn't expect a prospective bride to show up so soon, certainly not one as pretty and talented as Ramee. Or as desperate. He suspects she has secrets of her own.

Prequels to the long historical novel series Under Cerulean Skies, the Annex Mail-Order Brides novella series follows three courageous young women who find love through the mail.


MY  REVIEW
Ramee does have a past life but it wasn't really 'her' life that she's kept hidden. A refreshing story about two people who have found Christ and move ahead, will they be right for each other though and why is someone trying to shoot Josh, or are they trying to shoot Ramee? Grab a copy and find out.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Plain Retribution by Dana R Lynn - Review of the second book in the Amish Country Justice series




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Ten years ago while on rumspringa, Rebecca Miller and her friends were kidnapped and held captive...and now, living in the English world, she's nearly abducted again. One by one her friends who once helped send their abductor to jail are targeted, and she is next...unless police officer Miles Olsen can stop a killer. Deaf since birth, the only person on the force that Rebecca can communicate with is Miles, and he needs this case to redeem himself of past mistakes. When the relentless killer tracks them deep into the heart of Amish country, protecting Rebecca must be Miles's sole focus. Because a mistake this time will cost something worth more to him than his job---the woman he's falling for.


MY  REVIEW
A great book with a lot of action, this predator just will not give up and doesn't care who he hurts as long as he gets his target. Yes, a must read! Now onto the next book in the series, "Amish Christmas Abduction".

Friday, September 21, 2018

Adela's Prairie Suitor by Elaine Manders - Review of the first book in the Annex Mail-Order Brides series




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A clean, Christian romance novella about a Victorian era, western mail-order bride.

Most of the ladies attending the Harvard Annex hope to attain a quality education and advance the status of women--except Adela Mason. All she wants if marriage and a home of her own.

After corresponding with Byron Calhoun, A Kansas farmer, for several months, she's convinced he's the man God has chosen for her. She accepts his invitation to visit the farm so he can "court her properly."

Byron finds Adela as sweet and charming as her letters have indicated, but will she marry him when she finds out he's in danger of losing the farm? Worse, how can he even convince sweet Adela to stay when his ex-fiance and mother are doing everything they can run off?

Prequels to the long historical novel series, "Intrigue Under Western Skies", the Annex Mail-Order Brides novella series follows three courageous young women who find love through the mail.


MY  REVIEW
Just how far do you think a mother will go to keep her son from marrying the woman he loves? You will find out in this short story and it is pretty interesting. There are two more books in this Annex series, which I just 'went' and purchased, then I will check out the "Intrigue Under Western Skies" series. Yes, it was really good!!!

A Mountain Christmas Romance by Misty M Beller - Review of the fourth book in the Wyoming Mountain Tales serier




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A Christian Historical Romance

Stripped of the family so important to his Viking heritage, Matthias Bjork is now on the hunt for his sister. Despite combing the entire Wyoming Territory, he hasn't found any substantial leads regarding his sister's whereabouts, but he was discovered a most unusual woman. This woodland nymph who's come to work for his good friend in the quiet town of Mountain Bluff is like no one he's ever met.

Opal Boyd has finally round the haven she's longed for all her life, in a most unlikely place--working for a German couple in this remote Wyoming mountain town. She learned long ago that most men couldn't be trusted, but when a mountain man stops in the boarding house where she works, he seems to have the respect and affection of the two people she's learned to trust implicitly. And the more she comes to know Matthias, she struggles not to trust him the same way the others do.

When he shares the magical experience of his family's traditional Viking Yule celebration, she can't help but fall a little more in love with him each one of the twelve days of Christmas. But when Matthias' search for his sister takes an unexpected twist, Opal is forced to make a choice that will alter the course of her life--no matter which answer she chooses. When Matthias' decisions land Opal in danger, what must he sacrifice to rescue her?


MY  REVIEW
This is a great ending to this series! Misty did not fail to finish without pulling me in yet again. I can recommend this book, this series (best to read in order), and I think you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Plain Target by Dana R Lynn - Review of the first book in the Amish Country Justice series




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SANCTUARY IN AMISH COUNTRY

Horse trainer Jess McGrath only wants to clear her disgraced brother's name, but enemies keep coming out of the woodwork and anger only gets closer. Jess soon learns that no place is safe--and no one can be trusted...except for the last white knight she'd ever expect to ride to her rescue. Paramedic Seth Travis was the boy behind her high school humiliation, but he's also the man keeping her alive. When they find sanctuary in the Amish community, can they uncover answers in time to stop a killer--and resolve their past in time to build a future together?


MY  REVIEW
This was a mystery until the very end! Dana gives you a lot of possibilities to choose from for the actual guilty person(s), see if you can figure it out, WITHOUT cheating, lol. A very good read and I am looking forward to the rest of the series, so on to "Plain Retribution". I am seeing five in the series so far and they are quick reads which you will not want to put down if they are anything like this first one.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

A Sweetwater River Romance by Misty M Beller - Review of the third book in the Wyoming Mountain Tales series




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Taking flight from their quiet Pennsylvania town seems like the only way for Tori Boyd to protect her dearest cousin's virtue. And the success of their escape may now depend on the man she's been writing letters to for over a year now in the vast wilds of Wyoming Territory.

Ezra Reid has finally stepped out from under the shadow of his older brother and sister, now having full responsibility to man the Rocky Ridge Stage Stop through the winter. The success or failure of the stage and telegraph contracts falls squarely on his shoulders, and he's entirely focused on the work - at least until his mysterious correspondence partner shows up on his doorstep.

As Ezra takes on the search for a proper situation for Tori and her cousin, there seem to be no good options for the ladies. Especially since Tori won't even discuss the one option that might succeed - marriage. When the danger chasing the women takes on a form none of them anticipated, how far will Ezra have to go to keep Tori and her cousin safe? It'll take a lot more than luck to ensure his heart is the sole casualty.


MY  REVIEW
Another book I hated to put down, I think this has happened with every one of Misty's books that I've read.She does such a great job of writing that you can't wait to see what is going to happen next. I highly recommend this book, BUT, you really do have to read the series in order to really enjoy it.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower - Review of the first book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series




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Sometimes you need a sweet tooth to take a bite out of crime . . .

Baily King is living the sweet life as assistant chocolatier at world-famous JP Chocolates in New York City. But just when Bailey's up for a life-changing promotion, her grandmother calls with news that her grandfather's heart condition has worsened. Bailey rushes to Harvest, Ohio, where her grandparents still run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop where she was first introduced to delicious fudge, truffles, and other assorted delights.

She finds her grandfather is doing better than she feared. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for a local Englisch developer, whom Baily finds dead in the candy shop kitchen---with Jebediah King's chocolate knife buried in his chest. Now the police are sweet on her grandfather as the prime suspect. Despite the sincere efforts of a yummy deputy with chocolate-brown eyes, Bailey takes it on herself to clear Jebediah. But as a cunning killer tries to fudge the truth, Bailey may be headed straight into a whole batch of trouble . .

Recipe Included!


MY  REVIEW
I hated putting this book down!! A great story and Amanda pulls you right into the story, grab a copy and see if you can figure out who the killer is. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series "Lethal Licorice".

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Firestorm by Laura V Hilton - Review of the first book in the Amish of Mackinac County




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When Bridget Behr and her family migrate from a bustling Amish community in Ohio to the remote and isolated Upper Peninsula of Michigan, they're met with an ugly surprise: the house they had bought sight unseen is an uninhabitable wreck. While her father and brother try to find work in the area, the family is forced to lime in tents until the house and barn are rebuilt. Bridget can't shake the guilt that it was her fault her family moved---and is too afraid to trust anyone, especially the flirtatious, overly-friendly Amish man who lives next door.

Gabriel Lapp has made Michigan his home out of necessity, but can't wait to move back to Florida with its sunshine and warmer temperatures. But when Bridget's family seeks refuge with Gabe during a fierce thunderstorm, he can't help but feel a tug of responsibility for them---especially the girl with the dark green eyes.

Just as Bridget is finally settling into friendship, a  new life, and maybe even love, a devastating forest fire ravages the county, destroying both land and the Behr's dreams. Now Bridget and her family must decide: will they leave behind the ashes and start anew in another Amish community? Or will they dare to fight for the future they'd hoped for in Mackinac County?


MY  REVIEW
Yet another good start to a series by Laura. You will find this book hard to put down as there always seems to be some kind of small conflict, be it large or small, between two people or within their own minds, kind of like some people go through on a daily basis, just another day in the life of . . .

An enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to "The Amish Candymaker" as the series continues.

Lightning and Lawmen by Shanna Hatfield - Review of the fifth book in the Baker City Brides series




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How did a simple hello turn into something so complicated?
Love is about to leave one lawman thunderstruck in this sweet historical romance!

Cultured and full of grace, Delilah Robins agrees to accompany her meteorologist father to his new post in Baker city, Oregon. Expecting a primitive place, she's delighted to discover an up-and-coming town with plenty of surprises as well as a place she can turn into a sanctuary for her beloved birds. As she settles into life in the western town, she unwittingly creates a riff between two deputies when they both fall for her charms.

Deputy Dugan Durfey only meant to extend a friendly welcome to a newcomer. But the moment he set eyes on the meteorologist's daughter, Dugan's heart was no longer his own. Since his best friend and fellow deputy suffered the same fate, Dugan struggles to do what's right. He'll fight jealousy, outlaws, and a wily raccoon to keep Delilah safe, but the greater battle lies in overcoming his fears to profess his love.

Filled with humor, adventure, and plenty of sweet romance, "Lightning and Lawmen" highlights the history of the era and blends it with the timeless feelings of discovering true love.


MY  REVIEW
As with the rest of this series I loved Shanna's newest one. Shanna has a way with writing that pulls you right into the stories and keeps you there. I will say if you haven't read any of her books, find one that appeals to you and you will want more. With this book I would encourage you to read the series in order.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Through the Autumn Air by Kelly Irvin - Review of the third book in the Every Amish Season series




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The past filled her mind even as her heart yearned for stories yet to be told . . .

The mother of ten and a widow of seven years, Mary Katherine is a bundle of energy, always willing to step in and help her friends around her Amish community. Now that her last child is married, she pours her abundant creative spirit into writing stories, even as she speaks aloud to her late husband every day. Her dream is to open a bookstore with an English friend, but the church elders want this wayward widow to work in and Amish-owned store instead. When her old school friend, Ezekiel, offers her a position as a cook in the restaurant he opened after his wife died, she knows she should accept. But does she really want to spend her time working over a hot stove?

When a mysterious English stranger breaks into her house to make himself a sandwich one autumn night, Mary Katherine doesn't call the sheriff. She turns to Ezekiel. They both see that Burke is in need of more than a meal, and Ezekiel offers him the job at the restaurant.

As they set out to care for their new friend, Mary Katherine and Ezekiel find themselves often working together. Mary Katherine is drawn to Ezekiel, but she remembers teh terrible risk of giving her heart to someone. Can two people in the autumns of their lives and so well-versed in the pain of loss put the past behind them and trust in the hope that comes with each new season?


MY  REVIEW
They may be in the autumn of their lives with no spouse, but that doesn't mean they can do what they please, especially Mary Katherine. She not only has to listen to the bishop but her children, mainly her sons, the oldest Thomas. I feel like Thomas has forgotten he's the son and not the father, lol, he is looking out for her safety with the mysterious break-ins going on, but he expects her to 'mind' him. WOW, can you imaging that in the Englisch world? A good story and some wonderful characters, Kelly has a great addition to the series here.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Beneath the Summer Sun by Kelly Irvin - Review of the second book in the Every Amish Season series




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Jennie Troyer knows it's time to remarry. Can she overcome a painful secret and open her heart to love?

It's been four years since Jennie's husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it's time to marry again for the sake of her seven children. What they don't know is that grief isn't holding her back from a new relationship. Fear is. A terrible secret in her past keeps her from moving forward.

Mennonite book salesman Nathan Walker stops by Jennie's farm whenever he's in the area. Despite years of conversation and dinners together, she never seems to relax around him. He knows he should move on, but something about her keeps drawing him back.

Meanwhile, Leo Graber nurtures a decades-long love for Jennie, but guilt plagues him--guilt for letting Jennie marry someone else and guilt for his father's death on a hunting trip many years ago. How could anyone love him again--and how could he ever take a chance to love in return?

In this second book in the Every Amish Season series, three hearts try to discern God's plan for the future--and find peace beneath the summer sun.


MY  REVIEW
As with all of Kelly's other books I've read this was a very good read. She pulls you into the world of abusive that can happen in Amish communities just as it does in the English ones, the struggle to 'not' blame yourself for everything that happens to you and finding the strength and faith to move on with your life and let yourself be happy again. I am really enjoying this series and would suggest that you read the books in order. Now onto the third book "Through the Autumn Air", can't wait!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

a Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman - Review of the second book in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series




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There's more to the quaint northern Indiana town of Shipshewana than handcrafted quilts, Amish-made furniture, immaculate farms, and close-knit families. When a dead girl is found floating in a local pond, murder is also afoot. And Reuben, brother of Deborah's best friend's fiancee is in jail as the suspect!

Reuben refuses to divulge any information, even to clear himself of a crime Deborah is certain he didn't commit. So, with her English friend, Callie--fellow sleuth and owner of Daisy's Quilt Shop--Deborah sets out to uncover the truth. But the mystery deepens when an elderly man seeks Callie's help in finding his long-lost daughter, missing since the days of the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornadoes.

An old man who has lost his past. A young man who may lose his future. Once again Deborah and Callie find themselves trying to piece together a crazy quilt of lives and events--one that can bring unexpected touches of God's grace and resolve the tragedy that has shaken this quiet Amish community.


MY  REVIEW
Oh my, two mysteries in one, and what does one have to do with the other??? You will have to read the book to find out! This is a great addition to the series and a very good read. You really do need to read the series in order, and you won't be disappointed with either book that I've read so far. I had both of these in paperback, which I prefer, but will have to read the last one, "Material Witness" on my Kindle, so looking forward to reading it!

Falling to Pieces by Vannetta Chapman - Review of the first book in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series




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Not your usual Amish buggy ride!
Deborah Yoder needs to sell her quilts. Callie Harper has reluctantly inherited her aunt's quilting store. Deborah is Amish, tall, and hearty, the married mother of five. Callie is English,petite, young, and single. They form an unlikely partnership when Deborah reveals her plan to auction her quilts ... online ... in a town where few residents even have electricity.

In the tiny community of Shipshewana, what could be more implausible?

A murder.

And when circumstances and a relentless detective point to a surprising prime suspect, Deborah and Callie set aside their differences and work together in an attempt to solve the mystery and catch a killer.

In Falling to Pieces, the first in a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman blends the best components of Amish fiction with a great who-done-it twist. You'll be glad she did.

Two women, an auction, a dead body, and one friendship quilt. Shipshewana will never be the same.


MY  REVIEW
I have had this book for a while, as well as the second one, as I love Vannetta's books I thought I had already read them, but NOPE, I hadn't!!! Well I am sorry I waited so long to get around to them, better yet I thought I'd already posted my review, but NOPE to that too! This was a great example of the Englisch and Amish living together and becoming great friends and able to work together whether it be in normal everyday life or when things pop up to bring a little 'thrill' into life. Thrill as in solving a very serious, as in deadly, mystery. Yep, another winner for Vannetta.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Never Envy an Earl by Regina Scott - Review of the third book in the Fortune's Brides series




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The saucy Yvette de Maupassant is used to danger. She's spent the last 10 years spying for England in Napoleon's court. Now that her work has been discovered, she must hide, and what better place than the remote wooded estate of the Earl of Carrolton? Her friend Miss Thorn and that delightful cat Fortune place her in a position where she can pretend to be companion to the earl's sickly mother. Yet one look at the earl has Yvette rethinking why she wants to stay.

Gregory, Earl of Carrolton, is used to power. So why does one moment in the company of his mother and spinster sister leave him feeling powerless? And why does the look in a certain Frenchwoman's eyes leave him weak at the knees? As danger draws closer, Gregory and Yvette must work together to protect her, his family, and the future of England, as they discover the greatest danger and delight is falling in love.

The sweet, clean Regency romance is the sequel to Never Borrow a Baronet, Fortune's Brides: Only a matchmaking cat can hunt true love.


MY  REVIEW
Another great story in this series. Regina has the Regency genre growing on me. This book has more 'danger', and of course the love that grows in the background, than the previous two do. I don't think you would be disappointed with this series, yes, you should read the books in order to get the full enjoyment.

I was given an e-copy of this book for an honest review.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Arms of Mercy by Ruth Reid - Review of the second book in the Amish Mercies series




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He lost her once to a rash decision.
He will not lose her again.

On the eve of a new year, Catherine Glick is expection her bu of five years to propose. Instead, the unexpected arrival of an old boyfriend, Elijah, sends her life spiraling out of control. When a rash decision damages her current relationship, Catherine leaves for Florida to work in her cousin's bakery---anything to flee the source of her shame.

Elijah Graber knows he hurt Catherine when he left their Amish district six years ago. He's determined to explain his actions, even if it means following her to Florida. Perhaps their two-day bus trip together will provide enough time for him to make his case and win her back.

Just when Elijah is starting to tear down the walls Catherine has built, their bus skids on an icy road---and amid the mayhem and tragedy that follow, Catherine disappears. Elijah's friends urge him to prepare for the worst, but Elijah holds on to his hope in God and refuses to give up his search for Catherine. With supernatural nudging from the most unexpected places, Elijah sets out to find the love he once lost---no matter the cost.


MY  REVIEW
Ruth once again has given us an exceptional story of love, faith and determination. Have you ever had someone you love disappear? If so, of it is happens in the future, regardless of how they disappear, through their own actions or a catastrophic action/accident, just how long would you keep looking? How long would you have the faith that 'they' will return or be found?  I don't know if I have an answer, I would ask myself if it depends on the circumstance 'causing' the disappearance. Are they hiding, not wanting to return or is something else going on. An interesting story, ENJOY!

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Never Borrow a Baronet by Regina Scott - Review of the second book in the Fortune's Brides series




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After caring for a crotchety countess. Patience Ramsey wants a more purposeful position. So, when Miss Thorn of the Fortune Employment Agency offers her the post of assistant to amateur apothecary Augusta Orwell, Patience jumps at the chance. Then her new employer introduces her at an Easter house party as the bride-to-be of her nephew Sir Harold Orwell. Miss Thorn's cat Fortune may approve of Sir Harry, but Patience has no interest in borrowing the handsome baronet. She's had her heart trampled on by false promises before.

Sir Harry has enough on his hands trying to restore the family name while spying for the English against the French. But the pretty Patience could cover for him when he must ply his trade during the house party, so he convinces her to agree to the charade. As Harry's work brings danger closer, he begins to realize Patience embodies everything he could want in a wife. Can he convince her to overlook the scandals surrounding him and exchange their false engagement for a true love?

This sweet, clean Regency romance is the sequel to "Never Doubt a Duke", Fortune's Brids: Only a matchmaking cat can hunt true love.



MY  REVIEW
Regina never fails to impress me with her writing. This is a nice story about not wanting to fall in love, a little espionage, and mystery. I don't think you'll be disappointed with this good, clean, book. Oh yes, I think it would be best to read the series in order to get the full enjoyment of this one.

I was given an e-copy of this book for an honest review.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Murder On The Menu: A Humorous Romantic Cozy Mystery by Zanna Mackenzie - Review of the first book in A Recipe For Disaster Cozy Mystery Book series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
A dead celebrity chef boss. A sexy spy living next door. Lizzie's in big trouble...

Waitress Lizzie's horrible and much hated celebrity chef boss is dead; stabbed with a knife in his own restaurant kitchen. When the police discover she was officially the last person to see him alive, they put Lizzie right at the top of their suspect list.

Now, panicked and fighting to clear er name, she's forced to team up with her handsome and intriguing new neighbor, Jack Mathis. Okay, so Jack claims he's a former special agent on suspension from his investigative duties for reasons unknown, but Lizzie doesn't have time to ask questions.

Can she save herself from getting arrested and manage to resist Jack's considerable charms and gorgeous smile? Will they solve the mystery and track down the murderer before it's too late? Will Lizzie have to put her dreams of making cakes she can sell at the village store on hold as she languishes in a prison cell?


MY  REVIEW
I had a lot going on when I started this so it took me a while to get into the story, but when I did it was really good. I will read more in the series so I would recommend this as a good cozy to grab and take a break.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Never Doubt a Duke by Regina Scott - Review of the first book in the Fortune's Brides series




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(copied from Fantastic Fiction)
After spending the last ten years following her late husband on campaign, the irrepressible Jane Kimball finds herself badly in need of a position to support herself. Marriage holds no appeal; she's not likely to find a husband like her Jimmy again. But when Miss Thorn of the Fortune Employment Agency offers her a post with the Duke of Wey, Jane feels drawn to help the lonely widower with his three daughters. He may seem a bit aloof, but Miss Thorn'scat Fortune approved of him. Why should Jane doubt a duke?

Alaric, Duke of Wey, commands his staff, his tenants, and the halls of Parliament, managing vast holdings in England and across the seas. Why isit he cannot manage his own daughters? AS an old danger rears its head, he comes to rely on Jane's practical nature, her outspoken ways to navigate the waters of fatherhood. And when necessity dictates he take a wife, thoughts turn to an unlikely governess who might make the perfect bride.


MY  REVIEW
I read a lot of historical books but steer away from the 'regency' area but I really like Regina Scott books and said I'd give it a try. Needless to say she has pulled me in and I'm anxiously waiting for the next book in the series! There is determination, a little mystery, inner fear and of course you can't leave out the love. I would recommend this book even if you don't do the 'regency' storylines, I'm hooked!

I was given this e-book in return for an honest review.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Second Chance Amish Bride by Marta Perry - Review of the first book in the Brides of Lost Creek series




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Caring for her late cousin's young kinder is Jessie Miller's duty---even if it means seeing their father again. Years ago, she thought Caleb King might be her husband---until he met her cousin and Jessie's dream was cut short. Laid up with a broken leg and a demanding dairy farm, Caleb needs her.

But Caleb wants no woman around..and no reminder of the wife who abandoned her family before her death. Especially since he fears Jessie will throw a wrench in his plan to remain a single dad. She's gentle and kind, and if Caleb isn't careful, she may be just what his little Amish family needs.


MY  REVIEW
This is going to be a great series, as Marta does a wonderful job of pulling you into the story. She lets you see how strong, determined and full of faith Jessie is. The thing is she needs to forgive herself for her cousin's mistakes, that she couldn't keep her from making, as she is trying to help Caleb not make some mistakes with his children. Yep, a must read!

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport - Review of the first book in the Avenue of Dreams series




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Lucy Banning may live on the exclusive Prairie Avenue among Chicago's rich and famous, but her heart lies elsewhere. Expected to marry an up-and-coming banker from a respected family. Lucy fears she will be forced to abandon her charity work--and the classes she is secretly taking at the newly opened University of Chicago. When she meets an unconventional young architect who is working on plans for the upcoming 1893 World's Fair, Lucy imagines a life lived on her own terms. Can she break away from her family's expectations? And will she ever be loved for who she truly is?

Readers will love being swept away into a world of mansions, secrets and romance s they follow Lucy through the streets of the Windy City during one of the most exciting times in the city's history. From opulent upper-class homes to the well-worn rooms of an orphanage, Olivia Newport breathes life and romance into the pages of history--and everyone is invited.


MY  REVIEW
I have read several of Olivia's books and have enjoyed each one, this one was just as enjoyable. A story about a strong young woman going against her wealthy parents wishes, behind their back of course can lead to lots of secrets. I can highly recommend this book as one to keep you reading longer than you should.

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Mail-Order Brides Collection by Kathleen Y'Barbo, Megan Besing, Noelle Marchand, Donna Schlachter, Sherri Shackelford, Michelle Shocklee, Ann Shorey, Liz Tolsma and Jennifer Uhlarik - Review




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Dreams for Marriage Hinge on Mail-Order Promises

Nine advertisements for brides lead to inconvenient complications in romance. Traveling west alone on a promise of marriage, each woman has her reasons to accept a husband sight unseen. Some are fleeing poverty or abuse while others simply seek hope for a brighter future.

Perfect for the Preacher by Megan Besing
The Outlaw's Inconvenient Bride by Noelle Marchand
Train Ride to Heartbreak by Donna Schlachter
Mail-Order Proxy by Sherri Shackelford
To Heal Thy Heart by Michelle Shocklee
Miss-Delivered Mail by Ann Shorey
A Fairy-Tale Bride by Liz Tolsma
The Brigand and the Bride Jennifer Uhlarik
The Mail-Order Mistake Kathleen Y'Barbo

But what the brides find at the end of their journeys doesn't go according to plan--missing grooms, mistaken identities, nefarious traps, undisclosed secrets, and so much more await them. How can each bride possibly find a safe place to call home and a husband she can love?


MY  REVIEW
I think this is one of the best collection of novella books that I've read. It has a little bit of everything, you always think about what the 'bride' is getting in the groom, well in one story you will probably find yourself feeling sorry for the 'groom'. I was also pleased that there was a Pinkerton Detective story in here, love those stories! I can not encourage you enough to grab a copy and find our for yourself, you will NOT be disappointed.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Protected by Vannetta Chapman - Review of the second book in the Jacobs Family series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
ERIN Jacobs doesn't hesitate when she receives a desperate call in the middle of the night. As owner of the Noah's Ark Animal Shelter, it's her job to rescue animals. But from the start, this case is different.

The woman's frantic plea.
Directions to a deserted hunter's cabin.
Insistence that she come alone.
Then she's looking down into a washtub at an infant child.

Erin's life changes irrevocably when she becomes involved with a mother who has lost all hope, an orphaned child, millions of dollars and a father who might do anything to get his hands on the money. Social worker TRAVIS WILLIAMS is assigned to her case. Travis sees more in Erin than someone who rescues strays. She's unconventional, strong-willed, and caring. It could be that she would make the perfect parent for Josh.

Before he can work through his feelings and file his report, the situation takes another dangerous turn. Can Erin and Travis guarantee Josh's safety? To do so, they'll need to rely on one another, their families, and the faith of their childhood.


MY  REVIEW
Vannetta does a great job telling the story of Dana's sister. This was a good conclusion to the two book series with a completely different setting than the first book, but a wonderful story that may even pull at your heartstrings a little more

Monday, March 26, 2018

Liza's Second Chance by Molly Jebber - Review of the first book in the Amish Charm Bakery Series




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The sweet welcome of straight-from-the-oven sugar cookies and hot cocoa. The warm invitation of apple pie and fresh cold milk. In 1912 Ohio, the Amish charm Bakery is the heart of a close-knit, faith-nourished community, where people can find a refuge, a place to start again---and love that can make their lives new . . .

For Liza Schrock, the bakery her late husband bought was an unexpected haven from their unhappy arranged marriage. Now she's perfectly content to cook up mouth-watering delights for her hometown, give to those alone or in trouble---and remain happily unwed. And though she's willing to give handsome, newly-arrived widower Jacob Graber all the help he desperately needs, she is sure they can stay just friends . . .

But as Liza also tries to aid Jacob's troubled teenage daughter, she starts caring far too much for his gentle ways and steadfast hopes. And when a wrenching secret she must keep comes between them, can Liza find the faith to risk opening her heart again---and reach for one more chance at real love?


MY  REVIEW
A story dealing with grief, making mistakes, forgiveness and moving on. Will the loss of a mother keep a father from ever finding happiness or will it help to build a whole new family? Will moving to a new area help ease the pain or will the pain continue?

I've read several of Molly's books and enjoyed each one, as I did this one. I would recommend this as a great story.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Hidden by Vanetta Chapman - Review of the first book in the Jacobs Family series




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(copied from Amazon.com)

DANA JACOBS would rather forget the night of tragedy and violence that marred her childhood. She is now supervisor in charge of the Department of Homeland Security in Taos, New Mexico. Her team is prepared to handle any threat--biological, chemical, conventional, cyber, even nuclear. BENJAMIN MARSHALL is newly assigned to Dana's office. Straight from a six year military deployment, he is not what Dana wants or needs.

Ben knows God has a reason for putting him in this place at this time--to help Dana. When a local school is threatened, they open a case which leads them on a chase through the Enchanted Circle and Carson National Forest, pursuing a man filled with a bitterness Dana can understand. But her anger is different it's justified, it remains hidden inside, and it hurts no one.

Can Dana face her own mortality? And when she does, can she truly understand what it means to forgive and to be forgiven?


MY  REVIEW
This is the first non-Amish book of Vannetta's that I've read and I truly enjoyed it. An edge of the seat mystery that keeps you from wanting to put the book down. Grab a copy and enjoy!!!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Keeping Secrets by Linda Byler - Review of the second book in Sadie's Montana series




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There's horse trouble in Montana again. Only this time, horses aren't being stolen, they're being shot. Snipers are driving a blue pickup and seem to be shooting selectively. No Hard-working ranch horse or Amish  horse and buggy is safe.

Still, Sadie rides, despite daily warnings from Dorothy down in the kitchen of Aspen East Ranch. But Sadie's getting used to ignoring Dorothy's advice. Sadie's heart is set on Mark even though Dorothy tells her to steer clear after he ditches her in the middle of their first real date.

Then Daniel appears---a visitor from Lancaster County. He's funny, well-mannered, and completely dedicated to his family.

Mark, on the other hand, finds it hard to tell Sadie the secrets of his past.

Why, Sadie wonders desperately, are there so man secrets? Will the snipers be found? Will the truth about Mark surface, or is it too hard to bear?


MY  REVIEW

This book is a tug at your heart story, it may be very emotional for some. I am enjoying this series, it's been a while since I've read the first book in the series and now I have to see about getting the last one in the series. This was an enjoyable read but I do think you should read the the series in order to get the full impact.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

What the Bishop Saw by Vannetta Chapman - Review of the first book in the Amish Bishop Mystery series




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(copied from Amazon.com)

Somewhere in the Embers Lies the Truth

A fire blazes out of control in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, leaving an elderly Amish bachelor dead. Bishop Henry Lapp rushes to the scene, and he learns the fire was no accident. Someone intended to kill Vernon Frey. But who would want to kill Vernon? Well, practically everyone--Amish and Englisch alike.

When the police point the finger at a suspect Henry knows is innocent, the bishop must decide whether or not to use his mysterious, God-given gift--one he's tried desperately to ignore all these years--to try and set the record straight. His close friend and neighbor, Emma, encourages Henry to follow God's leading.

Could the clue to solving the case be locked somewhere deep in his memory? Will Henry find the courage to move forward in faith and put the right person behind bars? Is his friendship with Emma becoming something more?

What the Bishop Saw is a story of extraordinary talents, the bonds of love and friendship, and the unfailing grace of God.



MY  REVIEW
What a twist for an Amish story, Vanetta never lets up, she just keeps pulling you along so you don't want to put the book down. The Amish and the Englisch have to work together, some of the Amish disagree, will it all work out, what happens when the 'youngee' try to take things into their own hands? I can recommend this book as a great read.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Cat, The Quilt and the Corpse by Leann Sweeney - Review of the first book in the Cats In Trouble Mystery series




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Recently widowed Jillian Hart is rebuilding a life for herself and her three beloved cats---Chablis, Syrah, and Merlot---as a quilter in a small South Carolina town. The quilts she makes are for cats as smart, special, and sweet as her own, and business is thriving.

But when she returns from an overnight quilting show, she discovers Chablis sneezing---and since Chablis is allergic to humans, that can mean only one thing: Someone has broken into her house. When she realizes her Abyssinian Syrah is missing, Jillian suspects catnapping.

Spurred by Chablis's and Merlot's mournful meowing, she investigates---and discovers more missing cats and a murder. Now she's got to save more than one cat in trouble---not to mention herself.


MY  REVIEW
Very entertaining and I found it hard to put the book down. I'm not an animal 'lover', I like animals but not a fan of having pets, although I have had both cats and dogs that I've become attached to.
I think this is the first one of Leann's books that I've read and she is now on my list to follow. I will have to get the rest of the books in this series.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Hidden in Plain Site by Karen Ann Hopkins - Review of the fourth book in the Serenity's Plain Secrets series




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(copied from Amazon.com)

Some Amish communities aren't so cozy.

When a cold case heats up, Serenity won't stop until she discovers the truth.

In this installment of the bestselling Serenity's Plain Secrets' series. Serenity must work with US marshals to uncover the truth behind a shockingly brutal fifteen-year-cold murder.

Desperate for answers, Serenity finds herself in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where she unravels secrets that threaten to tear her and Daniel apart. But digging up the past is dangerous and the quaint Amish settlement isn't as safe as it seems.

If Serenity chooses to trust the man she's come to love, it could mean a happily ever after...or her final act.


MY  REVIEW
This story didn't seem quite as good to me as the previous three, but still worth the read. This cold case may affect Serenity's personal life, just after she decided she could be happy spending the rest of it with Daniel. I have been enjoying this series for the most part, not crazy about some of the language and some sexual scenes.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Frontier Matchmaker Bride by Regina Scott - Review of the eighth book in the Frontier Bachelors series




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The Lawman Meets His Match
Successful Seattle matchmaker Beth Wallin has her most challenging assignment yet---find Deputy Hart McCormick a bride. Beth's still smarting after the handsome lawman spurned her affections a year ago. But if she finds Hart a wife, Beth will gain favor with the city's most influential women...and perhaps free her own heart, as well.

Marriage is the last thing on the deputy's mind. After tragically losing his sweetheart, he vowed never to love again. But as sweet, spunky Beth introduces him to potential fiancees, Hart finally feels a spark...for her! The stubborn bachelor will be Beth's first matchmaking miss, unless they can both admit that she just might be his perfect match.


MY  REVIEW
I am writing this review with a tear in my eye! This is the last book in the series, as far as I know anyway, since the Harlequin is phasing out five mass market original series and the Love Inspired Historical is one of them!

I have really enjoyed this series and am so sad to see it end. The Wallin family has so much love and faith for each other as well as other people. I can highly recommend this book but you really should read it in order to totally fall in love yourself and not ruin any spoilers by reading out of order.

I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. This review are my true feelings and opinions.

Secrets in the Grave by Karen Ann Hopkins - Review of the third book in the Serenity's Plain Secrets series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
Just when Sheriff Serenity Adams thinks life is getting back to normal, the death of a young, pregnant Amish woman rocks the community, is it circumstance...or murder? It's up to Serenity and her ex-Amish boyfriend, Daniel Bachman, to discover the truth about the new shaman-type medicine man who's brought his dark secrets to Blood Rock.

But Serenity has secrets of her own, and if she and Daniel don't work it out, the reappearance of a woman from his past could threaten to ruin their relationship.

The deeper Serenity delves into the magical world of Amish herbal medicine, the phenomenon of laying of the hands and other cultural healing oddities, the more she wonders if miracles are real. What she witnesses with her own eyes may be too fantastical for her to believe.

In this riveting third installment of Serenity's Plain Secrets, beliefs are challenged, a way of life is questioned and family skeletons are unearthed, leaving no one untouched.


MY  REVIEW
A great story here! Karen keeps you guessing, you think you have it figured out, OH but wait, not so fast, KEEP READING. Yes, I have really liked the story, even though there are some spots I don't appreciate, fewer in this book than the previous two I think, but I keep reading the stories because the stories are so good.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Whispers from the Dead by Karen Ann Hopkins - Review of the second book in the Serenity's Plain Secrets series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
SOME AMISH COMMUNITIES AREN'T SO COZY

Sheriff Serenity Adams and Daniel Bachman are once again partnered up in a criminal investigation, when they travel to a northern Amish settlement that has been riddled by arsons for the past two decades. Serenity quickly discovers that there is a lot more going on than barn burnings in the touristy community of Poplar Springs. This group of Amish has their own secrets to hide.

Serenity begins to unravel an extensive criminal underworld that threatens to destroy everything that the simple people of Poplar Springs hold dear, and once again puts her own life in jeopardy. And even though Serenity tries desperately to avoid it, things begin heating up between her and Daniel, making her wonder if true love and happiness are really within her grasp.

MY  REVIEW
Karen knows how to keep you interested in a story, a lot of twist and turns but very captivating. There are some swear words, the worst towards the end and I ended up skimming a few pages at the end where the sexual scene was. I would love to give this a five rating but because of those couple of things I am dropping it to a three. I so enjoyed the story that I will read the rest of the series.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hannah's Choice by Jan Drexler- Review of the first book in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series




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When love and family conflict,
will she listen to her head. . .or her heart?

Hannah Yoder loves her quiet life on the banks of Conestoga Creek. In 1842, this corner of Lancaster County is settled and peaceful---yet problems lurk beneath the placid facade. Hannah strives to be the one person who can bind the threads of her family together in spite of her father's worries, her mother's depression, and her sister's rebellious ways. But her world threatens to unravel.

When two young men seek her hand in marriage---one offering the home she craves and the other promising the adventure of following God's call west---Hannah must make a choice. Will she stay true to the faith of her family or defy her father and abandon her community?


MY  REVIEW
Jan really takes you on a different road than most Amish novels take you. There is a lot going on, a lot of indecision, grief and love of family. She keeps you interested throughout and just when you think you know what Hannah will do, you quickly change your mind.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Rocky Mountain Romance by Misty M Beller - review of the second book in the Wyoming Mountain Tales series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
The Wyoming mountain country seems like the perfect place for Zeche Reid to find himself. When a blizzard sends him scrambling for cover, he stumbles upon a lady and her professor father holed up in a remote cabin. His protective instincts won't let him desert them to continue his travels, especially when the father's haunting memories from the War of Secession put his daughter's safety at risk.

Fighting her own nightmares after the war, Gretta Michelly is trying to settle into this rugged mountain land, but her bad memories are nothing compared to the demons that haunt her father. The haven they've found in these Rocky Mountains seems to be the solace he needs to find peace--until a mysterious sojourner appears on their cabin doorstep. She can't help but be drawn to the wild aura that surrounds the man, but that strength seems to be that very thing that intensifies her father's struggles.

As Zeche is torn between his craving to protect Gretta and the awful realization that he's the one putting her in more danger, he's forced to make a difficult choice. But when a run-in with an elk changes his plans and Gretta is faced with a danger Zeche is powerless to control. Zeche has to find a way to protect her at any cost. Even at the cost of his heart.



MY  REVIEW
A book with adventure, threatening accidents and daily fear. Engaging characters with histories that may interfere with their futures. Yes, another great read from Misty. This is a great series so far and I'm looking forward to the rest, Misty never fails me. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Plain Jeopardy by Alison Stone - Review




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AMISH COUNTRY SECRETS
Reporter Grace Miller's Amish hometown seems the perfect place to recuperate from surgery--until a tragedy puts her on the trail of her mother's long-unsolved murder. Now someone's set their lethal sights on her, determined to keep the truth behind her mother's death and a fatal car crash involving local teens hidden. After discovering that Grace is in danger, police captain Conner Gates drops everything to protect her...and help solve the cold case his father could not. But as they delve into the past, can they face down the dangerous foe hiding in plain sight, threatening to turn their blossoming love into a deadly trap?


MY  REVIEW
Another great Amish mystery by Alison. Grace can't stop investigating and writing her blog even with the danger it causes her and the police telling her to leave things alone, on both murders. She is tampering with more than one person should!

Loved this book but if you want to pick it up be sure and read "Plain Sanctuary" first. I see a third book dealing with Quail Hollow in May, "Plain Outsider", and I'm guessing there may be a fourth on coming in the future, I could be wrong on that but there is one sister I would like to learn more about.

A Pony Express Romance by Misty M Beller - Review of the first book in the Wyoming Mountain Tales series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
After growing up as an orphan, Josiah English wants nothing more than to have his own ranch and raise Arabian horses. Riding for the Pony Express seems like the ticket to his dream. And when he meets the stationmaster's beautiful sister, it seems he may be within reach of the happy life he craves.

Mara Reid is thrilled to finally meet the man of her dreams, and the fact that they both want to raise horses in the Sweetwater River Valley seems like confirmation straight from God.

But when the Express shuts down and Mara's family home is in peril, the danger looming over Mara's life may not be half as destructive as that threatening her heart.


MY  REVIEW
Oh how I have missed reading Misty's books, why did I punish myself!!! Misty never lets me down, it get pulled in on the first page and stay there to the end. If you like Historical Fiction you will love this one. Now on to number two in the series, "A Rocky Mountain Romance".

Monday, January 29, 2018

The Christmas Bargain by Shanna Hatfield - Review of the first book in the Hardman Holidays series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
One Old West Cinderella discovers
Prince Charming is a . . . Cowboy?

The death of her mother left Philamena Booth grieving and at the mercy of her drunken father. After spending more than a decade held captive on their run-down farm, she's left speechless and dazed when her father strikes a bargain to settle a long overdue debt. In lieu of payment, a handsome cowboy agrees to take her. Mortified yet relieved to leave the farm, Philamena unexpectedly finds herself married to a charismatic, caring man.

Luke Granger might own Hardman's bank and the fanciest house in this Eastern Oregon town, but he'd much rather be outside riding his horses or wrangling his herd of cattle than keeping his account books straight. In a strange, unsettling turn of events, he finds himself accepting a farmer's daughter instead of money to cover a loan. If the man hadn't threatened to sell her to the saloon owner, Luke might have refused. He has no idea what to do with beautiful Filly or their marriage of convenience, but he's about to get far more than he bargained for.

Full of Victorian and western charm, The Christmas Bargain is a sweet holiday romance filled with the spirit of the season.


MY  REVIEW
I haven't read one of Shanna's stories in quite a while and boy did I miss them! She has a way of telling stories to pull on your heartstrings, then immediately your laughing or crying with happiness, and then it repeats the process. If you have not read any of her books you don't know what you're missing!!!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings - Review of the first book in the Fort Reno series




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With Miss Bell as the Teacher, Everyone's Bound to Learn an Interesting Lesson

Dance hall singer Louisa Bell has always lived one step from destitution. When she loses her job at the Cat-Eye Saloon, she has nowhere else to go but to her brother, a cavalry soldier stationed in Indian Territory. But he's run afoul of his commanding officer. Unsure what she can do to help him and desperate for a job, she doesn't protest when she's mistaken for a governess at the fort. How hard can teaching really be?

Major Daniel Adams has his hands full at Fort Reno, especially raising two adolescent daughters alone. If this new governess doesn't work out, his mother-in-law insists she'll raise the girls herself--far away from the fort. Miss Bell bears little resemblance to Daniel's notion of a governess--they're not supposed to be so blamed pretty--but he finds himself turning a blind eye to her unconventional methods. Louisa has never faced so important a performance. Can she keep her act together long enough to help her brother and to secure the respectable future she's sought for so long?


MY  REVIEW
Love this book, of course I haven't found any of Regina's books that I don't love.

Miss Bell has a strong will and can put on a good act, but is it good enough? Will she be able to convince everyone, mainly Major Adams, she is a governess/teacher? She does a good job of hiding who she is and what she is and who know that knowing how to play a good game of chess could actually change your life around. Oh, and wait until you read about how they actually met!!!

Yep, you better grab a copy of this winning book! I don't know when the next book in the series is coming or the title, but it can't be written and released soon enough for me.