Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Secret Mountain Hideout by Terri Reed - Review


Staying hidden has kept her alive...

But now she's been found.

A remote Colorado mountain town and a fake identity have been Ashley Willis's safe haven since fleeing after she witnessed a murder--but now the killer has found her trail. Desperate and terrified, she's prepared to run again...but Deputy Sheriff Chase Fredrick won't let her. With the lawman by her side, can she face danger head-on...and live long enough to bring a murderer to justice?

Very good book, a lot of action so you won't want to put it down. The author has not failed to keep you wanting to read more of her books.


Courage in the Mountain Wilderness by Misty M Beller - Review of the fourth book in the Call of the Rockies series

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Keeping her son safe on this epic journey may be harder than she imagined.

Caleb Jackson is on a journey. And not just the mission he and his friends have embarked on to fetch the Nez Perce chief's runaway daughter. Maybe someday, he could also find God's plan for his life. He'd once thought being a small town minister was the Lord's will for him, but he'd proved a failure at living under the scrutiny of his congregation. Yet the chief's niece and her feisty toddler accompanying them on this expedition make him feel like he might be able to make a difference yet.

Otskai is eager to take on a challenge. She's lived under the shelter of other's choices her entire life,
especially when she was betrothed to one of the village braves at the tender age of eight. Now with her husband's death, she's finally found the freedom she always craved--even with a two-year-old to raise.
She's built her camas root harvest into a thriving trade to provide all she and her son need and more, yet she can't seem to keep her active child safe. When she agrees to accompany her new friends on a trip to bring back her wayward cousin, she knows she'll have her hands full managing her boy.

The journey turns out nothing like Otskai expects, and for the first time in her life, she's thankful to have others around to help. Especially Caleb, whose gentle attentions captivate her son and occupy him for hours at a time. But as the danger escalates and her worst fears come to light, she must find the courage to choose between freedom and a love more liberating than she imagined possible.

So many catastrophes and they keep going, the strength of people during this time period make me feel weak. We have become so accustomed to our modern day lives, have you ever thought about if you'd survive living that lifestyle? Yes, if we were born and raised then, we would, but it just makes you admire what our ancestors went through. Loved the book!!!!

Faith in the Mountain Valley by Misty M Beller - Review of the fifth book in the Call of the Rockies series

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This epic journey is the only way to leave her secrets behind.

After eleven years spent looking for the girl who stole his heart, Jean-Jacques Baptiste--better known as French to his friends--is tempted to give up. Until the day he spotted the flaxen-haired stranger traveling the wooded path with Blackfoot Indians. He never imagined he'd find his childhood friend masquerading as a man in this Rocky Mountain wilderness, hundreds of miles from the Canadian town where he last saw her. No matter her reasons, he can't let her go this time.

Colette Mignon's life has become a cacophony of lies, including the fact that her Blackfoot Indian companions believe she's a man. She's willing to live the taxing life of a trapper in these desolate mountains as long as it keeps her secrets  hidden. When her childhood friend and first love discovers her, his determination to help might put everything at risk.

ASs the worst of her pas threatens to catch up with her, the hope for Colette's new life shatters. But no matter what, she must protect the one good thing that came from all her mistakes. Thought French is determined to stay at her side, she can't let him become entangled in the perilous consequences of her actions. If only it wasn't so painful to push him away. The danger pressing in may leave her only one choice--leave everything behind...again.


This was a wonderful story about a young woman who did what she had to protect herself and trust strangers. These women have such strength and faith it amazes me. Thank you to Misty Beller for this awesome series.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

First Christmas on Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand - Review of the tenth book in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series


Before irrepressible eighty-somethings Anna and Felty Helmuth
became Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin's most-beloved
matchmakers, they were mismatched young lovers
facing seemingly impossible obstacles...

She can't cook, sew, sing, or clean. And no matter how hard young Anna Yoder tries, she'd much rather help people in trouble than be a well-behaved pretty face and properly perfect Amish maidel. So she instantly reaches out to her old schoolmate, Felty Helmuth, when their Amish town ostracizes him for his Korean War army service. He's still the only one who's ever understood Anna--and liked everything from her green Jello carrot salads to her love of books. And this holiday season, she can't help hoping that somehow she and Felty can find a way to be the perfect match ...

Felty sensed he was called by Gotte to serve his country, though it went against his community's peaceful ways. Troubled by his wartime experiences, he is resigned to being an outsider avoided by most eligible Amish girls. But lively, intelligent Anna has grown into a warm-hearted generous woman who accepts Felty for who he is. And in the face of family and community opposition, he and Anna will take a leap of faith to prove they are made for each other--and a lifetime of happiness.

It is so wonderful to finally hear Anna and Felty's story! I have enjoyed this series so much I hate to see it end, I am so hoping the author has more stories for us to enjoy.


Lemon Drop Dead by Amanda Flower - Review of the sixth book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series


Murder always leaves a sour taste . . .
Though baby showers aren't an Amis tradition, Bailey King wants to celebrate Emily Keim's forthcoming bundle of joy. It's the least she can do for her hardworking assistant at Swissmen Sweets, especially with Emily being estranged from her siblings. Everyone in Harvest, Ohio has gathered at the town gazebo--decked out in lemon-themed decor to add some of Emily's favorite flavor to the festivities--including Juliet Brook, Jethro the Pig, and in a last-minute invite, Emily's sister Esther Esh.

But Esther isn't the only surprise guest. A mysterious Amish woman confronts Emily claiming to know about her secret shame--the child she had as a teenager who was given up for adoption. The stranger vanishes before Bailey can find out who she was and if she knew what happened to Emily's first baby. Later that evening, the woman reappears--dead in Esh Family Pretzels, with a threatening letter written by Esther found on her body.

Emily knows her sister is not a murderer and convinces Bailey to help clear Esther's name and put the squeeze on the real killer ...

It's been a year since I read a book in this series, to be fair, this one came out this April and I had to wait for my daughter to read it and get it too me, now I will pass it on to her mother-in-law. It seemed like it was just yesterday that I read the last one though as the characters were all still there and what a story this was, couldn't put it down. I really enjoy this series.

Just an FYI, there is a book coming out anytime now, I think, "Amish Candy Shop Holidays", which will be the three short stories ("Criminally Cocoa"1.5, "Botched Butterscotch" 2.5 and "Candy Cane Crime" 3.5 that you could only get as an e-book before). Yes, my daughter has it ordered so we can all read it too.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Light in the Mountain Sky by Misty M Beller - Review of the third book of the Call of the Rockies series

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This epic journey may seal her fate forever.

Determined to prove her worth, Meksem fiercely fought to earn her place among the warriors in her Nez Perce camp. When her half-sister is captured by an enemy e, she refuses to trust the rescue to anyone else. But her new friends insist on joining her mission, and she battles between relief and frustration at their presence. Especially the white man who peers at her as if he can see through the face of the warrior she struggles so hard to maintain.

Spaniard Adam Vargas thrives on adventure wherever his travels take him. He's fallen in love with this Rocky Mountain wilderness, as well as the spotted horses the Nez Perce tribe raise. His fascination with this Indian maiden-turned-warrior catches him off guard though, including the way she seems to be fighting for more than her sister's safe return.

The journey proves more perilous than any of the group expects, and the secret Meksem hides becomes impossible to conceal. If they live through this mission, the life they knew will never be the same again.


Yes, I have to say again, I really enjoyed this book, Misty Beller is a wonderful writer. She pulls you right into the story as you go on this long, freezing, near-death trail. 

Cowboy Charm School by Margaret Brownley - Review of the first book in The Haywire Brides series

When Texas Ranger Brett Tucker accidentally derails a wedding, he's determined to bring the estranged couple back together . . . but he never dreamed he'd start falling for the bride!

Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom---notorious criminal Frank Foster---is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing . . . only to find he has the wrong man.


Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiance's over-the-top reaction to the innocent stake and calls off the wedding---for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett's desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls  . . and the more he yearns to prove that he's her true match in every way.

OH MY! This starts out with a bank, then it just keeps going. Very enjoyable and if you don't find yourself giggling I just don't know what to say. Now I have to get the next two books in this series.