Caleb Malone returns to the states to recover after being wounded in
combat. He decides to take a job working for his brother's PI firm. His
first assignment sends him to the town of Keaton. A father suspects his
daughter's fiance' is cheating on her but he needs proof. All Caleb has
to do is get a few pictures, which might be easier said than done. Abby
Hughes works in her family's business as a real estate agent. A large
company is wanting to buy property in Keaton which would be a boost to
the small towns economy. Abby feels like things are moving along pretty
smoothly, with the property sale, until it becomes a battle of the land.
But it also becomes a personal battle as well. One deeply rooted in
secrets. As Abby and Caleb work together to try and figure it all out,
feelings between them begin to stir. Will those feelings and their faith
be strong enough to carry them through everything they'll face?
betrayal, forgiveness and, as the title indicates, Secrets, all come to
mind when I think about this story! It gets off to a running start and
holds your attention all the way to the end. One thing I always
appreciate about this authors work, besides the great writing, is the
way she keeps you guessing until the very end. But I've got to tell you,
she really surprised me with the twist at the end of this story. I LOVE
it when that happens! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Caleb
(a.k.a. Digger) better. What a great guy. Abby made a fine leading lady.
Full of spunk but very tenderhearted and loyal. Her two boys were full
of personality too! There was a spiritual thread running through the
story which felt very natural and dealt a lot with forgiveness. A
message we can't hear often enough. This was a great installment to the
Wounded Heroes series. It can be read as a stand alone but I would
highly recommend the others books in the series: Kill Shot, Trespasses
and Betrayal. I look forward, with great anticipation, to Vengeance! I
also want to mention that I love the book covers for this series. They
just make you want to read the story!
*This complimentary copy was provided by Anne Patrick in exchange for an honest review*
After losing the man she loved, Jade McKinley left Chapel Springs as a
way of protecting her heart. She never expected to return until the
unthinkable happens. She finds herself pregnant, no money and pretty
much alone. Her only choice is to return to Chapel Springs. Daniel
Dawson is the mayor of Chapel Springs and is practically a McKinley
family member. With his dad being in politics and the extensive
traveling his parents have always done, Daniel didn't have much of a
home life, other than with his grandma and the McKinley's. Jade has
always thought of Daniel like a brother but Daniel began to notice Jade
had grown into a beautiful woman. He has loved her from afar for years
but knows that that love can never be. Then she returns home and he
finds his feelings haven't changed. In fact, they're stronger than
before. Jade is trying to find her footing but it's proving difficult,
especially when she seems to be having some strange,
not-so-brotherly-type feelings toward Daniel. What is she going to do
and how does Daniel fit into the picture?
Dancing with Fireflies
is one of those stories that lingers in your mind long after you close
the book. You learn a little about Jade and Daniel in 'Barefoot Summer'
but here you really get to see who they are. Jade is a sweet,
free-spirited person who has experienced a lot of heartache. Daniel was a
hero that's easy to love. His easy-going ways just draw you in. When
you have a longtime-friendship-brother-sister relationship, switching
gears gets complicated. The author did a great job of laying the ground
work and I would definitely call it sweet torture. I loved the spiritual
message of relying on God especially in the difficult times. We're
reminded that times of trouble can cause us to turn from or toward God. I
love what Jade's mother told her, "The same sun that burns a shallow
rooted plant will nourish a deeply rooted one." Wow! A wonderful
reminder that we need to be deeply rooted in the Lord so when troubles
arise we won't get burned. Though this is an emotional read, you will
find relief with humorous moments. Daniel and Jade were both full of
personality and it was fun watching their playful moments together. You
could read this as a stand alone and not feel lost, but I highly
recommend you read Barefoot Summer first for a richer reading
experience. So how does it all turn out? I recommend you head on over to
Chapel Springs and see what 'Dancing with Fireflies' is all about.
This complimentary copy was provided by Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Series: A Chapel Springs Romance (Book 2) Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 11, 2014) ISBN-10: 1401687024 ISBN-13: 978-1401687021
Madison McKinley seems to have it all. She loves her job as a
veterinarian and she's part of a very loving and supportive family, that
everyone loves. Though Madison is grateful she still struggles to put
her twins death (from years ago) behind her. She can't sleep from a
recurring nightmare and it's affecting her life and her job. Madison
thinks if she can win the upcoming Regatta race and fulfill her
brother's dream, that the nightmares will disappear. She must first
learn to sail though. Beckett O'Reilly has always loved Madison but
knows she would never look at someone like him. He's changed from the
troublemaker he was in high school but his family hasn't. Madison will
do anything to win this race, even if it means working with Beckett. But
as they work together there is a chemistry between them that cannot be
denied. Beckett carries a secret though that could change everything.
Can their new romance find strength in adversity or will it fade into
the sunset? Will Madison find the peace she seeks in fulfilling her
What a great start to the Chapel Springs Series
and might I say I love the cover! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know
all the folks and by the end of the book you really feel like you're
good friends and can't wait to return. Beckett O'Reilly was such a great
guy. He related to Madison so beautifully despite his own problems.
Madison was easy to relate to. You can totally understand her feelings
and emotions. Together they were great and I loved sharing their moments
with them. The author did a beautiful job of covering a lot of family
difficulties with grace and truth, but the most difficult was the death
of a loved one. Just about everyone has faced that at some point and I
loved what Madison's mother told Madison. "Life is a gift, however long
it lasts. It's God's to give and take away as He sees fit. We go through
life thinking we're entitled to our ninety, but we're not entitled to
anything. All we can do is trust that He knows what He's doing. That He
has a plan for all of us and that no pain He allows in our life will go
unused." WOW, what powerful and comforting words. Now don't get me
wrong, there are lots of playful moments to this story as well. It
maintained that delicate balance which is so pleasing to the reader.
Bottom line here is that you'll fall in love with the folks of Chapel
Springs, I know I did. So if you're feeling the need to get away from
the cold weather, I recommend you sail away to Chapel Springs for a
As a side note, "A December Bride" is Layla
O'Reilly's story (Beckett's sister). "Dancing with Fireflies" is Jade
McKinley's story which I am looking forward to reading next.
Series: A Chapel Springs Romance (Book 1) Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 28, 2013) ISBN-10: 1401687008 ISBN-13: 978-1401687007
While home on furlough, missionary Emily Durham takes a summer job as a
nanny to two adopted children. But it's not the happy family situation
she expected. She finds herself caught not only in the middle of family
problems but actual danger. Someone wants the children's father out of
the picture. Dillion Brewington is asked by his brother to help look
after the children as well as the new nanny. Little did he know that
Emily would be such a distraction. Her lively and loving personality
captivates him. As Emily and Dillion work together to figure out who is
behind the attempts, their feelings begin to grow. Emily will be leaving
again soon for the mission field and though it will just about kill
her, she knows this is what God wants her to do, or is it?
author has such a gift for delivering a great story with great
characters, a great message, which is always grounded in Biblical truth
and on top of that, great suspense. The story starts off with a punch
and continues to hold your attention all the way through to see how it
all turns out. I particularly appreciated the spiritual encouragement of
daily putting on the armor of God to face each day fully prepared.
Great advice. I admit, I was hoping we would visit with some of the
other Durham family members but there was only a mention of them here
and there. Devoted Mission is part of The Ozark Durham Series but could
easily be read as a stand alone.
Regina Beswick is just a normal southern, small-town girl or so she
thinks. She left her job with a big firm to invest, with a friend, in a
small business of restoring old cars. Everything in her life seems great
until Tanner Burkhardt shows up. He's the Minister of Culture for the
Grand Duchy of Hessenberg and is sent to tell Regina who she really is
and bring her home to Hessenberg. The entail between Brighton and
Hessenberg is almost up and they need Regina sworn-in as Princess or
Hessenberg loses its independence from Brighton Kingdom forever. But
things don't go very smoothly as someone in their midst doesn't want
Regina to take the oath. Regina must decide whether she will restore old
cars or restore an old nation. As Tanner and Regina work together and
learn more about her ancestors, the more they discover their strong
feelings for each other.
What would it be like to be going about
your life and all of a sudden you discover you're a long lost princess?
This story deals with that situation in a humorous and touching way.
It's the second book in the Royal Weddings Series and a really fun
story. In the first book you learn about Hessenberg and who the heir is.
This story picks up at that point. I loved Regina. She was very
down-to-earth and had a great sense of humor. So many times I found
myself laughing out loud. Tanner was a great guy. So caring and
understanding despite the emotional pain he was dealing with. Together
they made the pages come to life. Actually, all the characters felt
alive enough to walk right off the page. I love a story with living
breathing characters. Along the way, you learn of Hessenberg's history
through the grandmother's voice, which I thought was well done. There
was a few 'divine' moments that didn't really feel realistic to me but
it did add a certain magic to the story. The idea of stepping out of our
comfort zone and trusting the Lord completely for direction, was well
done. It's a scary thing but the Lord's way is always best. It was also
great fun to see Nathaniel and Susanna again. If you enjoy a fun,
take-me-away kind of story, then kick your shoes off, put your feet up
and enjoy your trip to Hessenberg to meet a "Princess Ever After".
*This complimentary copy was provided by Zondervan through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Series: Royal Wedding Series Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Zondervan (February 4, 2014) ISBN-10: 0310315506 ISBN-13: 978-0310315506
For more information about this book or other books by Rachel Hauck, I encourage you to visit her website at http://rachelhauck.com/
Susanna Truitt is about to marry King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom.
In the busyness of training to be royalty, learning her duties and the
kingdom's business as well as getting to know the people, Susanna begins
to have doubts about whether an ordinary Georgian girl has any right to
marry a king, especially when things are not going as planned.
Nathaniel's attention seems to be on everything else except her. Has he
changed his mind? Now Parliament has decreed that Susanna must renounce
her US citizenship before the wedding. Nathaniel loves Susanna and would
do anything for her. He knows what marrying him means and all she'll be
giving up for him. Susanna decides to return home to St. Simon's
Island, Georgia to try to work through her niggling doubts. Nathaniel's
not sure she'll ever return. After much contemplation he puts together a
plan to once again win over the heart of the only woman he's ever
I LOVED this very contemplative yet deeply romantic tale.
We first met Susanna in 'Once Upon a Prince' and 'A March Bride' picks
up where that left off. I was completely enthralled in the story and
just about read it completely in one sitting. It's one of those stories
that just draws you in completely and holds you there until the very
end. What would it be like to marry a king? What are all the emotions
surrounding that situation. It sounds like the stuff dreams are made of
but is it really? You could certainly understand Susanna's reservations.
What would you do if you were in her shoes? I absolutely loved
Nathaniel. He was truly a prince of a king!!! There was some great
spiritual wisdom tucked inside this wonderful story. You really have to
read it to fully appreciate it. I hated to see it end but I must say,
it's one I will definitely read again. I would love to see a story about
Nathanial's brother, Colin and Susanna's sister, Avery, hint - hint!!!
There was enough background given that you could enjoy this as a
stand-alone but for a richer experience I would encourage you to read
'Once Upon a Prince' first. Need a quick romantic get-away? Then grab
your latte, a comfortable chair and sit back, relax and enjoy the
first-class trip! I know I did!
*This complimentary copy was provided by Zondervan through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Marek Moretti is an undercover agent who's somewhat of a maverick. When
he's injured in a covert operation he's forced into taking time off with
only the promise of a desk job to return to. He is headed for the
Triple-M ranch where his half brother Micah resides to rest and recover.
A private nurse name Arielle Lebreque is hired to look after Marek. She
is a beautiful gal who's also a bit bossy which will help keep Marek in
line. They are attracted to each other which complicates the situation.
Marek is not a commitment kind of guy and Arielle wants the complete
commitment package. Can God use two very different people to accomplish
This is the second installment in the Moretti Men
Series and once again finds us hanging out at the Triple-M. Micah and
Marek are getting a little better acquainted. Marek is a 'rough' kind of
guy mainly because of his work. Arielle is a nice woman who, because of
a man, has very low self esteem. She feels she would never be able to
have a loving relationship, especially with Marek. Marek is definitely
attracted to his beautiful nurse but he can't give her what she truly
longs for. Then a big black horse named Midnight Myth takes Marek for an
unexpected ride. A ride he would never forget and one that would change
his life forever. We learn, along with the Marek, that though we
like to control things, everything works out best when we let the Lord
have control. Easier said than done though! So how does it all turn out?
Well, you'll just have to head on down to the Triple-M and see for
yourself. Have a safe journey, y'all!
*This complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Ten years ago Jana Cooper left her husband Blake and took their daughter
with her. Now she's back to ask Blake for help with their daughter who
is ill, but she is also hoping she can have a second chance with the
only man she's ever loved. She has changed but she will have to find a
way to prove to Blake that this time she's returned for good. Blake
Cooper has spent the last ten years looking for his daughter and angry
with Jana for leaving with only a note on the counter. Now she's back
and of course he will do anything to help his daughter but how is he
suppose to sort out his feelings about Jana. He definitely still has
feelings for her and he's still very attracted to her but how can he
ever trust her not to leave again? His heart couldn't take it!
excellent addition to the Cooper Creek series. This was such an
endearing story, one that will keep you reading from the first page to
the last. The idea of a wife leaving her husband with their child and
being gone ten years was something that was hard for me to understand,
but, I know we all make bad choices, some are bigger than others. I
really appreciated how Blake handled it all and I loved watching Blake
and Jana interact. The chemistry between them was so rich. I
really liked the way they tried to deal with the situation in a loving
rather than bitter type way. God can change hearts and use even messy
situations for His glory. Going to Dawson and especially Cooper Creek,
is always like making a trip home and seeing old friends. Angie Cooper
is always cooking up a meal and the boys are always buying cattle,
breaking horses or welcoming a new foal. I just love the Cooper Family.
In fact all the folks in Dawson are warm and loving people. If you
haven't been to Dawson yet and gotten acquainted with them, you don't
know what you're missing. When you get a chance to go, be sure to stop
by the Mad Cow for a slice of Vera's famous pie, and tell 'em I said
*This complimentary copy was provided by Harlequin through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Series: Love InspiredCooper Creek Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages Publisher: Love Inspired (January 21, 2014) ISBN-10: 0373878656 ISBN-13: 978-0373878659
more information about this book or other books by this author (she has
a nice list of the books in order) I encourage you to visit her website
Timbrel Hogan is a handler at A Breed Apart. Her partner is a
bullmastiff named Beowulf who works as an explosive detection dog.
Timbrel also claims Beo is the only 'boy' for her. Tony 'Candyman' Van
Allen has been actively pursuing Timbrel but she just won't budge. To
make masters worse, Beowulf is always growling at him. Timbrel has major
trust issues when it comes to men and Tony just can't get her to
understand she can trust him. While on a mission together in Afghanistan
things don't go as planned. When the team comes under fire and tragedy
strikes, Tony and Timbrel's lives are changed forever, and not only
that, but now they must find proof that something really big is going
An excellent conclusion to the A Breed Apart Series. I was
really looking forward to this story especially after reading Talon. The
chemistry between Hogan and Timbrel really shines through in this
story. They couldn't be more opposite but watching them work (or should I
say argue) through lot situations was actually encouraging. You get to
know Timbrel's background and can understand why she was the way she
was. Tony was just a great guy; one that would be easy to trust, unless
you're Timbrel! I fell in love with Beo. His personality gave me so many
laughs but it was also fascinating 'watching' him work. There were so
many layers to this story that you really need to read it to appreciate
the complexity of it. All through the story you see God's hand at work
even in the moments that break your heart. To me that's great writing!
This is definitely a book that is hard to put down once you pick it up; it keeps you totally engaged and on your toes! This author consistently
delivers the 'Rapid Fire Fiction' she promises in her tag line. To gain
the most comprehensive reading experience, I highly recommend reading
this series in order.
*This complimentary copy was provided by Barbour through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Series: A Breed Apart (Book 3) Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Barbour Publishing Inc. (January 1, 2014) ISBN-10: 1616266392 ISBN-13: 978-1616266394
For more information on this book or other books by Ronie Kendig, I encourage you to visit her website at http://roniekendig.com/
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