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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(copied from Amazon.com)

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.