Sunday, November 16, 2014

A RANCHER FOR CHRISTMAS by Brenda Minton


Breezy Hernandez has never really had a home. Now she finds herself in Martin's Crossing where her late brother left her a house and joint custody of his twin daughters. She is to share custody with Jake Martin; a very tall, handsome, intimidating Rancher. Jake Martin has always been responsible from the time he was young. He has a hard time trusting, most especially women. He's leery of Breezy because he knows she doesn't stay in one place very long. Breezy would love to have a home and a family but knows that's just not possible for her especially with someone like Jake. As they work together caring for the twins they find themselves drawn to each other. Will Jake open his heart to Breezy and learn to trust her? Will Breezy find the home she's looking for or will she move on?

I loved this story. It's one that just warms your heart through and through but also had a touch of mystery. I have read several books in the Cooper Creek Series and was sad to see it end. But for the Cooper Creek fans out there, you'll be happy to know that Martin's Crossing is just as good. As a bonus, Breezy (Mia's sister) was the main character in this story and you'll get to catch up with a few familiar faces from Cooper Creek, which was fun. I appreciated how the author tied them together. The folks in Martin's Crossing will quickly find their way into your heart as you get to know them. The Martin brothers as well as the secondary characters were fun and endearing. I loved the chemistry between Jake and Breezy. You can just feel it radiate off the pages. As I was reading I was reminded of how the Lord watches out for us and that he makes everything beautiful in His time. He makes beauty from ashes. A Rancher for Christmas is a wonderful story that will put you in the Christmas mood. This is book 1 in the new Martin's Crossing series. And how about that cover? I loved spending Christmas in Martin's Crossing and look forward to going back again real soon!!! So, throw a log on the fire, grab a cup of cocoa, curl up and find out if Breezy gets 'A Rancher for Christmas'.

*This complimentary copy was provided by Harlequin through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

For more information about this book or other books by Brenda Minton, I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.brendaminton.net/

Series: Love InspiredMartin's Crossing
Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired (November 18, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0373879261
ISBN-13: 978-0373879267



Friday, November 7, 2014

THE LAWMAN RETURNS by Lynette Eason

Clay Starke is a deputy who returns home to find out who murdered his brother, Steve. He's not suppose to be investigating the case officially, but he's hoping to find out information along the way. Sabrina Mayfield is a social worker who was friends with Steve. When a young man calls her for help she responds and finds he's disappeared. Clay and Sabrina find themselves working together to try to figure out what happened and how it's connected to Steve's murder. They also find that they've become targets of the murderer. Will they manage to figure out who the killer is before it's too late?

The Lawman Returns was a good story. I enjoyed the suspense and the unexpected twists and turns. I also enjoyed getting to know Clay and Sabrina, but I didn't really feel any chemistry between them. There were some good romantic moments but to me, it felt like something was missing. The story itself keeps you interested as you try and figure out who killed Steve. I thought the author did a good job dealing with some complex family issues and how the faith and kindness of someone can make a difference in someone's life. This looks like a Christmas story and it does have some 'Christmas' in it but you could read it any time of the year and enjoy it.

*This complimentary copy was provided by Harlequin through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Series: Love Inspired SuspenseWrangler's Corner
Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired (October 7, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0373446241
ISBN-13: 978-0373446247

For more information about this book or other books by this author I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.lynetteeason.com/

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

MONTANA DAWN by Caroline Fyffe (Audio Version)

Faith is pregnant and on the run with her stepson, Colton. After her abusive husband dies she wants to get away or they will force her to marry his brother, Ward, who's even meaner. The wagon gets stuck and she goes into labor. Luke McCutcheon and his brothers are driving cattle back to their ranch. As he's scouting around he finds Faith's wagon and here's the noises she making. He enters the wagon to see what's going on and gets hit on the head. When he comes-to he tries to explain to Colton that he's one of the good-guys and wants to help his mom. He delivers Faith's baby and they tell her she can come to the ranch to gain strength. As they are heading back they run into Ward. Luke can see the fear in Faith's and Colton's eyes but she won't talk to him. Ward is mean and true to his threats. Faith and Colton have come to love being at the ranch but she knows what Ward is capable of. He has something hanging over her head and will use it if she doesn't go along with him.

Montana Dawn was an enjoyable story but I must confess that Faith made me a bit crazy.  I liked her as a person and you could certainly understand her ambivalence in trusting Luke considering her life's situation, but her time at the ranch and with Luke and his brothers should have proved to her that she could trust him. They never gave her any reason not to. I guess fear affects everyone different.  One thing I really did like was the McCutcheon family. They were such a tight-knit family and really cared for one another. There was one particular part that was so touching where Luke told his sister that we all get hankerings but she needed to wait for the right one and until they married first.  Although this is not considered Christian Fiction,  I respect this author for keeping the story clean (other than a few 'words') and even giving some very good advice!

For this review I listened to the audio version of the Montana Dawn.  The narrator did a great job of bringing the story to life and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole listening experience.  This is great if your driving, want to relax in bed or just too busy to actually sit down and 'read' a book.  I would definitely recommend the audible version of Montana Dawn!

*This complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

To find out more about this book or other books by Caroline Fyffe, I recommend you visit her website at http://www.carolinefyffe.com/

Sunday, November 2, 2014

MARRIED BY CHRISTMAS by Karen Kirst

Caleb O'Malley witnesses the murder of a friend and is badly wounded in the process. He escapes but the cold and his wound is taking its toll. Rebecca Thurston is alerted by her dog that something is in the woods. When she investigates, she discovers it's Caleb. He was once a close childhood friend but Rebecca blames him for the accident that changed her life. She knows she must help him or he'll die, but she has no idea what helping him will mean to her future. Caleb has been plagued with guilt about the accident that changed the lives of his two best friends. Now he has brought trouble to Rebecca once again. Because they have been alone together (except for Rebecca's younger sister) for more than a week while she nursed him back to health, the town is demanding that they marry. Neither one wants to do that but Caleb doesn't want Rebecca or her sister to be the topic of gossip and he wants to somehow make up for the past by taking care of her now. The more time they spend together, the more they realize how much each of them has changed. Have they changed enough to forge out a future together or will they settle for only keeping the terms of their agreement?

Married by Christmas is an excellent story! Karen Kirst really has a remarkable talent for writing a heartwarming story, loaded with lots of romantic tension, lively characters and even some edge-of-your-seat moments. I read the first book in the Smokey Mountain Series (The Reluctant Outlaw) awhile ago and just loved it. When I saw this was up for review, I knew it was a must read. I can only say that I absolutely loved it! Caleb is a tortured hero who is haunted by past mistakes. His kind and gentle ways made him completely swoon-worthy! Rebecca was a woman of great strength and spunk, yet she really had a soft and tender heart. Together they were pure magic! I loved the whole theme of forgiveness and second chances running through the story. We know that the Lord forgives us, but sometimes it's hard for us to let our mistakes go. The verse listed in the beginning of the story was Lamentations 3:22-23 "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." That really fits the story well. I also enjoyed the element of danger in the story and thought it was nicely played. The O'Malley's are a great group and I now want to go back and read the ones I missed. Married by Christmas is a story with Christmas in it but can be enjoyed any time of the year. It's one I highly recommend and one I would definitely read again.

*This complimentary copy was provided by Harlequin through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *

Series: Love Inspired HistoricalSmoky Mountain Matches
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired (October 7, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0373282834
ISBN-13: 978-0373282838

For more information about this book or other books by this author, I recommend you visit her website at http://www.karenkirst.com/

Friday, October 31, 2014

A NOVEMBER BRIDE by Beth K. Vogt

Sadie McAllister is a great cook and loves being a personal chef to some very appreciative clients.   But she just can't seem to cook-up any romance in her life, although she's tried.  Erik Davis is a great guy with a great sense of humor and although he has no trouble finding a girlfriend, no one seems to be the 'right one'.  Erik and Sadie have been best friends for years.  They enjoy each others company and always have each others backs.  Erik especially enjoys his once-a-week meals with Sadie.  When the family Sadie works for decides to move out west they invite Sadie to move with them.  Erik realizes that in looking for the right one, he may have missed the obvious.  Sadie knows moving would be a great opportunity for her but is she willing to leave her home behind; not to mention Erik, who just might be her future.  Can the love between two best friends turn into to something much deeper?

This was a great little story.  I enjoyed getting to know Sadie and Erik.  Both were fun-loving and down-to-earth in spite of the fact that they've both had some pretty deep hurts.  Hurts that have made them cautious.  I just loved how Sadie's friend Mel, and Erik's friend Phillip played an important roll in each of their lives.  It's a good reminder that having a good friend is as important as being a good friend; someone who knows you really well and will be honest with you, even if it's not what you want to hear.  So, how does it all turn out?  I recommend you pick up A November Bride and find out!  The story is sure to warm your heart on a chilly November day!

This complimentary copy was provided by Zondervan through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on this book or other books by this author, I recommend you visit her website at http://www.bethvogt.com/


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MATTEO'S TREATURE by Anna Dynowski

Matteo Moretti loves his fast-paced career as CEO for a large company but is blindsided when the owner tells him he's letting him go to make room for his daughter (who happens to date Matteo).  Matteo is furious.  He knows he can get another job but first he must to take his turn on the Triple-M Farm.  He's a three-piece-suite kind of guy, definitely not a cowboy, but it would be a chance to get away and rethink his future.  The one thing he didn't count on was a housekeeper named Bianca Fielding, or her two very cute children, who have taken a personal interest in him.  Bianca has a way of stirring things inside Matteo he didn't know existed and wishing for things he didn't know he wanted.  All he has to do is fulfill the terms of the will and he can get on with his life and forget about the Triple-M, or will a ride on Midnight Magic change everything?

I thoroughly enjoyed Matteo's Treasure.  It's a fun story that's packed with some great romantic tension as well as some great spiritual wisdom.  You will just love Matteo and Bianca as well as Bianca's two children.   They are so full-of-life yet flawed, just like we are. No perfect people here!   I like the way Bianca and Matteo each influenced the others life but in different ways.   Seeing all the brothers together was great fun; I like the way they interacted together.  Triple-M is also home to some very spirited horses that you will get to meet.  This is the third book in The Moretti Men Series and although I have enjoyed the other two books (Micah's Jewel and Merek's Gift) I think this was my favorite in the series.  So...what is Matteo's Treasure?  I recommend you head on over to the Triple-M, grab some coffee and find out.

This complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

Series: Moretti Men
Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: Cambridge Books (June 27, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1613861451
ISBN-13: 978-1613861455


For more information about this book or other books by Anna Dynowski, I encourage you to visit her website at http://annadynowski.com/

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

UNDER A TURQUOISE SKY by Lisa Carter

Kailyn Eudailey is terrified when she witnesses her best friend, Gabby Flores, being murdered by her Mexican Mafia husband, Esteban Flores. She quickly finds herself in the witness protection program with agent Steve Matthews, until she can testify against Flores. Steve calls on his adopted son, Agent Aaron Matthews to help hide her. Sparks fly when they meet because she recognizes him as Rafael Chavez, one of Flores' men. The last thing Aaron wants is to have to deal with a spoiled southern bell! When the mafia comes after her, Aaron whisks her away to the one place he thinks they'll never find them, the place of his true heritage, the Navajo Reservation. He's sure, given Kailyn's high society background, that she'll have a hard time adjusting to the simple way of life, but with each passing day, she surprises him with the way she's fitting in and winning over everyone she meets. Their 'cover' is feeling more and more real everyday and Aaron seems to be losing his heart. His job is to protect her but he's having a hard time protecting his heart. Kailyn is not only falling in love with Aaron, but also with the peaceful way of life on the 'Rez'. Danger however, is lurking just around and from where you least expect it. Kailyn's faith will be tested to it's limit and Aaron just might find himself having to trust the God he thinks has failed him.

Under a Turquoise Sky will immediately draw you in and won't let you go until the last page is turned. You'll find action, suspense and of course, romance. I totally fell in love with Kailyn and Aaron. Kailyn is someone you can't help but like and wish you had her for a friend. She's so good hearted and genuine. Aaron was one of those heroes you just gravitate to. He's strong, capable and rough around the edges, yet deep down his heart is tender. Together these two were explosive. I absolutely loved ALL the romantic tension and snappy dialog between them. It was great! One thing that I really appreciated was the way Kailyn's faith made a difference in people's lives, especially Aaron's. I also appreciated that though folks on the reservation were believers, they still maintained their heritage. I will say that there were a couple of places in the story that made me wonder why Kailyn or Aaron acted the way they they did, but in no way did it distract me from the story itself. This is the first thing I've read by Lisa Carter but I can assure you it won't be my last. I have just added her to my 'favorite authors' list! If you enjoy a good romantic suspense, loaded with lots of great romantic tension, then I definitely recommend you look... Under a Turquoise Sky.

*This complimentary copy was provided by Abingdon Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (September 2, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1426758022
ISBN-13: 978-1426758027
For more information about this book or other books by Lisa Carter I recommend you visit her website at  http://www.lisacarterauthor.com/




Saturday, September 20, 2014

ON THE WINGS OF THE EAGLE by Kathleen Sherwood


Jack, Katie Beth and Charlie grew up together and are all anxious to graduate and begin the next phase in their life. For Jack it's college, for Katie Beth it's nursing school and Charlie isn't sure yet. But one thing is sure, Katie Beth and Jack have discovered that what they fell for each other is more than just friendship. Then came the bombing of Pearl Harbor which would ultimately change the paths of these three friends. They would each play a roll in serving their country at a time when love of country and faith in God was important. Folks sacrificed and some made the ultimate sacrifice. Jack and Katie Beth's love will be tested on many different levels. Can it survive the ravages of war?

On the Wings of the Eagle will take you through the tragedy and triumph of World War II. We see how God's watchful care was present even in devastating circumstances. You'll quickly find yourself immersed into the lives of Jack, Katie Beth and Charlie as they each play a vital roll in their service. I was encouraged, as a reader, by the faith of these folks and how that played out into everyday life, in practical ways, and what the influence of that was on other peoples lives. One thing that really made this story extra special was that the war stories were actually true. They were stories the author gathered from family and friends. Keep that in mind as you're reading and be sure to read the author's note at the end. So settle in and get ready because On the Wings of the Eagle you'll find a story that will linger in your mind long after the last page is turned.

*This complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Perfect Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing (May 22, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161862105X
ISBN-13: 978-1618621054





Monday, September 1, 2014

SEAGRASS PIER by Colleen Coble

Elin Summerall was able to receive a heart transplant but she's having a hard time dealing with what came with it. The woman she received the heart from was murdered and now Elin is having flashbacks of the murder and even some of the feelings, likes and dislikes of the donor. Cell memory is what they call it, but the police are having a hard time buying it and it's brought her a lot of unwanted attention, especially from the killer. Marc Everton is an off-duty FBI agent who is investigating the murder of his partner. It takes him to Hope Island and to Elin. Marc and Elin have a history together and he agrees to help protect her and her daughter. Messages from the killer let them know he's never far away. Can they figure out the mystery before it's too late?

Seagrass Pier is one that holds your attention all the way through. It's got, action, suspense, mystery and, of course, romance. The characters were great to get to know. I enjoyed meeting Elin and Marc. The secondary characters were great as well, especially Sara and Josh. You'll definitely find a faith thread running through the story but it was very natural and not over powering. I appreciated the author's note at the end where she reminds us how we grow and change but our "identity is in Christ who teaches us how to love others". There was one aspect of the story that didn't really have a conclusion. I won't say what it is, as it might be a spoiler. Perhaps it will be concluded in another Hope Beach story in the future. This was a great addition to the Hope Beach Series and although it's the third book in the series, you could very easily read it as a stand alone. If you're looking for a few hours of adventure, I recommend you dock your boat at Seagrass Pier.

*This complimentary copy provided by Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

For more information on this book or other books by Colleen Coble, I encourage you to visit her website at http://colleencoble.com/

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