Thursday, December 11, 2014

ALL IS CALM by Colleen Coble


Lauren Everman seeks refuge at the Bluebird Ranch after she witnesses a murder but also to save a horse.  As a foster child who once experienced Bluebird Ranch first hand, she knows what a sweet haven it is.  Lauren offers to help Rick and Allie with the horses and also with kids who want to learn to ride.  Carly, a little five year who's shy and quiet, tugs at Lauren's heart.  Brendan Waddell finds himself at Bluebird Ranch over holidays to rest and recover from a gunshot wound.  When Brendan and Lauren meet the attraction is strong.  As they work together to find the truth as well as give Carly a very special Christmas, the attraction turns to something a little deeper.  The killer, however, just might not allow Lauren to celebrate Christmas.

All Is Calm is a Christmas story Colleen Coble style with mystery, suspense and of course, romance!  You are immediately drawn into the story and don't want to put it down until the very end.  I loved getting to know Lauren, Brendan and little Carly, all of whom were fully fleshed out.  You'll find lots of great chemistry between Brendan and Lauren which I thoroughly enjoyed.  The Lonestar Series is one of my favorites so when I saw All Is Calm, I new it was a must read.  It was such fun to return to the ranch and catch up with Rick and Allie again.  A message of faith and trust in God is woven throughout the story, which I appreciated.  Though this is a novella, to me it didn't feel that way.  Other than wanting the story to continue, I felt completely satisfied.  So, if you're looking for a quick Christmas read with mystery, suspense and romance, I recommend you head on over to the Bluebird Ranch, where All Is Calm...or is it??

For information about this book or other books by Colleen Coble, I recommend you visit her website site at http://colleencoble.com/

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS by Debra Ullrick

Callie Gentry was devastated when her father left her mother for another woman. She runs the ranch with her mom and though she would like to be married, she knows she could never trust a man because of what her father did. Dustin Lockwood has always loved Callie, so when a friend asked him to take over his job on the Gentry's ranch over Christmas, he jumped at the chance. When Callie gets stuck in the snow and Dustin comes to her rescue, she finds herself struggling with the strong feelings she's always had for him. Men always leave and she won't be a victim like her mother. Can Dustin convince her that not all men are like her father?

A Cowboy for Christmas was a cute and romantic Christmas story and one I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I liked getting to know Dustin and Callie and their history together. You could definitely understand whey Callie felt the way she did. It was sweet watching how Dustin interacted with her. This story had a faith-thread running through it and was so uplifting. Though it was a novella, I felt completely satisfied when I got to the end of the story; and I will say I loved the ending. So does Callie get 'A Cowboy for Christmas'? Guess you'll have to read it and find out!

For more information about this book or other books by Debra Ullrick I recommend you visit her website at www.christianromancewriter.blogspot.com/

Saturday, December 6, 2014

SNOWFLAKE KISSES by Marianne Evans


Jackson Merritt travels to London on business for Colby Intellilink but he's also anxious to see his friend, Peter Colby. Before his first day is done, he finds himself rescuing a beautiful woman, who just happens to be Vanessa Colby. Vanessa is a personal shopper for Harrods and loves her job. She's content with her life right now, that is, until the handsome Jackson Merritt comes to her rescue. They both experience a mutual attraction and things are going pretty well, that is, until a woman from Jackson's past shows up unexpectedly in London.

I read and loved "Finding Home" so when "Snowflake Kisses" appeared, I knew it was a must-read! You'll be immediately drawn into the story and before you know it you're experiencing the sites and sounds of London. Finding Home is where we first get acquainted with Vanessa Colby. Snowflake Kisses is her story and I must say I loved catching up with her. It was also great fun seeing Peter and Lexie again as well. Jackson was a great guy. Strong and reserved yet tenderhearted. Vanessa was someone who would make a wonderful friend. Strong and loyal yet willing to speak the truth. Seeing how her new-found faith affected those around her was inspiring! I loved the chemistry between Jackson and Vanessa; it was tantalizing. One thing I appreciated about Vanessa was her discernment and the way she listened to the Lord's prompting. It was encouraging to me. So, would you like to spend Christmas in London? Snowflake Kisses is the perfect way to do that without ever having to leave your comfy chair.

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

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

CHRISTMAS IN THE RINK by Dora Hiers


Chaney Michum's dream of being an Olympic skater was crush, along with her heart, when Conner Weddington, her partner, just left town. Chaney is now raising her niece and coaching young skaters helping them reach their dreams. Conner was devastated when his mother passed away on Christmas Day but even more so when his father forced him to give up his dream. He's now returned home from the Army and working as an auto mechanic while trying to clean out and sell his father's house. When Conner and Chaney meet again, they find that though a lot has changed, their feelings for each other haven't. Will faith and forgiveness be strong enough to perhaps make this Christmas one that's unforgettable?

Christmas in the Rink is such a great little story. Filled with loveable characters, snappy dialog and a theme that everyone can relate to. It's not easy to come home sometimes, especially if you left in a troubled way, but I really found myself admiring Chaney for how she handled the situation. I'm reminded that we plan our way but the Lord directs our steps. One thing I thoroughly enjoyed was the chemistry between Conner and Chaney. It radiated off the pages. Though this is a novella, it really didn't read like one. I felt completely satisfied as I came to the end. I must say too, the cover just begs you to open the book! And once you do, you won't be disappointed if you spend "Christmas in the Rink".

For more information about this book or other books by Dora Hiers, I recommend you visit her website at http://dorahiers.com/

Sunday, November 30, 2014

SILVER BELLS by Debby Mayne

Carol Scheirer is a widow who never thought she would find love again, that is until her feelings began to change for Alex Knight, her late husbands best friend. Alex has always been a close friend to Carol but lately he's been helping her with some family issues. He's a great guy and she would like to let her heart love again but she feels she need to have the blessing of her grown children. Can Carol and Alex work through the family issues and find the love and happiness they long for?

Silver Bells is an enjoyable, easy read. While most stories center around young people falling in love, this story was about two people of retirement age. That was a different dynamic that I enjoyed. Alex was a man of strong faith who waited on the Lord. I liked the way he influenced those around him and how it affected Carol and her family. If you're looking for a quick, enjoyable read you might try Silver Bells.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

POSTMARKED EVER AFTER by Mary L. Ball


Serena Gray, who is recently widowed, moves closer to her mother who is dealing with the early stages Alzheimer. She receives a letter addressed to her late husband letting him know he has a daughter he knew nothing about. Serena's job as an ER nurse can be emotional, but when a child experiences a brush with death and later recounts to Serena a dream he had with a message meant for her, it's downright unnerving. Serena would like to find her late husband's daughter but only knows her first name is Nicky. Adam Knox is the principal of a school and raising his daughter as best as he can since his wife died of cancer. When Serena meets Adam they are drawn to each other. She finds it interesting that his daughter's name is Nicky but when she finds out that Adam's wife's name was the same as the woman who wrote the letter, she's knows this is the daughter from the letter. As Adam and Serena begin to date and find themselves building a close relationship, Serena knows that the truth about the letter stands between them. Should she tell Adam about it or not?

Postmarked Ever After is a sweet story about love, loss and a second chance at love. You'll find characters that are easy to relate to and a believable storyline that causes you to keep reading. What made this story such a pleasure to read was that it wasn't loaded with tons of conflict. It played out very well and you find yourself rooting for the lead couple as they find their way. The message that the Lord's time is perfect was well done and an encouragement to the reader. We don't always understand why things happen the way they do, but we know that whatever happens, God is always guiding us through, if we ask him. If your looking for and enjoyable Christian romance with a good message than I recommend you pick up Postmarked Ever After.

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

For more information about this story or other stories by this author, I recommend you visit her website at http://marylouwrites.weebly.com/

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/

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