Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Danny Flynn has returned home from three tours of duty. He suffers with severe PTSD. He's not sure he can be a part of society ever again. He's afraid he might hurt someone when flashbacks occur. Alex Dugan served along side Danny and wants to help him. He encourages him to join a veterans' group from Whitcomb University, where Danny plans to be a student in the fall. Will he become part of the group or continue in his solitary existence.

I have read the other two books in the series (Battlefield of the Heart and Trust of the Heart) and loved both stories, so when I saw Wounds of the Heart, I knew I wanted to read it. After reading it however, I really feel like this should have been a prologue to Battlefield of the heart or a free introduction to the series. I'm sorry to say there's not really much content except an introduction to the folks you find in Battlefield of the Heart. In my opinion you don't need to read this to enjoy the rest of the series. I didn't think it added anything extra. I do however love the cover.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

THE PROMISE by Kathleen Sherwood

Connor Christianson is a successful lawyer who can pretty much have whatever money can buy. To bad he can't buy love. His terrible childhood has made him cold and indifferent to just about everyone except his dying brother, Allen. Connor plans to keep the promise he made to Allen, it just might tougher than he thought. Kaley Mills doesn't have money but she has great faith in a great God. She works in a diner and is almost finished with her teaching degree. She's doing her best to raise her daughter, Macie and giving her all the love she never got growing up. One day, Connor comes into the diner. Kaley is immediately taken with him but sees he has a troubled spirit. Her kind and bubbly personality isn't what Connor expected, nor was her great faith in God. Connor comes to her rescue a couple of times and has opportunities to observe her with Macie and realizes what a good and loving mother she is. As they spend more time together, the connection between Connor and Kaley is growing stronger. The road ahead, however, is winding and bumpy. Is Kaley's faith strong enough to see her though. Will Connor be able to let go of past hurts and reach out to God for healing? Can promises made, be kept?

WOW! What an amazing story of God's love and grace. The Promise draws you in right from the start and doesn't let you go until the last page is turned. You'll find tragedy and triumph and lots of twists and turns, which is a definite plus for me. I love stories where there is lots of interaction and dialog between the main characters and that's exactly what I found here. Connor and Kaley shared a such a strong chemistry that it really set the stage for lots of great romantic tension, which I love! Kaley was such a loveable lady. Her strong faith was a great example to Connor as well as to the reader. Connor was one leading man you won't soon forget. His strong yet tender ways will make you swoon! Macie will completely win you over with her cute personality. The secondary characters are as full of life as Connor and Kaley, which really enhances the reading experience. This was the kind of story, that when you get to the last page (although you hate to see it end) you feel totally satisfied. Kathleen Sherwood is a favorite author and I must say, this is a favorite story. One I would find myself reading again. If you enjoy a character-driven story, with lots of great romantic tension along with a great message, than I promise you, you will love 'The Promise'!

File Size: 1387 KB
Print Length: 340 pages
Publisher: KLS, Inc.; 1st edition edition (December 4, 2013)

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Seth Rayner likes to have things planned out and his plan was to Marry Allison and work in his father's company. All that changed two years ago, when Allison left him at the alter and ended up falling for his brother, Daniel. Now Daniel and Allison are getting married and he finds himself working with Allison's best friend, Meghan Holloway. Meghan is a quirky, speak-your-mind, liker-of-bright-colors (especially nail polish) kind of gal. She's tired of men not accepting her because she's different. Seth and Meghan have shared feelings of dislike since high school but now they find themselves forced to work together on Daniel and Allison's wedding. In working together, will they find something special buried beneath the dislike?

I absolutely loved 'Wish You Were Here' so I was SO excited to see there was a follow-up. You Made Me Love You was everything I hoped for and more!!! Seth and Meghan are unforgettable and so much fun. Once you start reading, you just can stop and you don't want it to end. I must say too, that although this is a novella it doesn't read like one. It was loaded with great romantic tension and lots of memorable moments. It's one I would definitely read again. You could read this as a stand alone but I highly recommend you start with 'Wish You Were Here' first. You Made Me Love You is the perfect title for this sweet little treasure and one I highly recommend! Love the cover too!

File Size: 1456 KB
Print Length: 112 pages
Publisher: Howard Books (March 25, 2014)
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Language: English

For more information about this book or other books by Beth K. Vogt, I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.bethvogt.com/

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Haley Ames is only married three years when her husband, Sam, is killed in Afghanistan. She's trying to come to grips with the loss as well as the upcoming birth of their child. One night when she arrives home, she gets the shock of her life. Her husband is waiting for her! How can that be? Stephen Ames hasn't spoken to his identical twin in more than twelve years. He wants to make things right but then finds out about Sam's death. He's hoping Haley can help him discover who his brother (and once best friend) became. He finds out however, that Sam never mentioned Stephen to Haley. Sam and Stephen were mirror images of each other and that's difficult for Haley at first, but as Stephen helps her out she begins to see how different they really are. Stephen and Haley are very drawn to each other and slowly build a relationship but is Haley only attracted to him because he looks like Sam. Would building a life together somehow dishonor his brother?

Somebody Like You is a beautiful story that is loaded with lovable characters that just reach out and grab you by the heart. Full of emotion and grace, along with splashes of humor, made this an absolute joy to read. The easy pacing helps you savor every moment (and I did). I would love to see this made into a movie! I loved the interaction between Haley and Stephen and most especially loved how Stephen handled things. Throughout the story, the author touches on many real-life challenges in a realistic way. I appreciated the spiritual thread running through the story; are we making our plans or are we asking God to show us His plans? Now there's some food for thought. The one thing I wished for when I got to the end was an Epilogue. I loved the ending but wanted just a little more, maybe because it was so hard to close the book on these wonderful friends. Beth Vogt has really become a favorite author of mine! I am looking forward to her next book-offering. In-the-meantime, I highly recommend Somebody Like You!

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

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Howard Books (May 13, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1476737584
ISBN-13: 978-1476737584

For more information about this book or other books by Beth K. Vogt, I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.bethvogt.com/

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Caleb O'Malley is a SWAT cop who was framed for his wife's murder. When the supposed eyewitness is found dead, Caleb is released from prison. Only one thing really matters to Caleb and that is to see his sweet little daughter, Kaitlin. Noelle Whitman is a foster mom who has been caring for Kaitlin while Caleb has been in prison. She's not sure she believes in his innocence. But when shots are fired and they find themselves on the run together, she observes how he is with his daughter and begins to change her mind. All Caleb wants to do is keep them safe but it's hard when you're not sure who you can trust. They're running out of options though and in a step of faith Caleb decides to trust his once best friend. Will that prove to be a big mistake or will his friend help him prove his innocence?

WOW! This was a finely-tuned, tightly-written, edge-of-your-seat story that I could not put down. I seriously could not read fast enough. There were several places where the suspense had me holding my breath feeling anxious. In all fairness, this story should come with a warning label that once you start the book, all other tasks will be forgotten until you're finished! I loved getting to know Caleb and Noelle. Both were loving people but reserved and you understand why as the story unfolds. I love the way Noelle influenced Caleb, as well as Kaitlin, with her strong faith. Their relationship was a slow build that felt very natural. Kaitlin was a sweet little girl. You truly felt bad for the situation she was in. I can't even imagine being on the run or being framed but you sure get a taste of what that would be like to be Wrongly Accused. This is the first book in Laura Scott's new SWAT: Top Cops series and comes highly recommended. I am now anxiously awaiting Book 2, Down To The Wire.

*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 Laura Scott, I encourage you to visit her website http://www.laurascottbooks.com/

Saturday, March 22, 2014


Devynne Lang was a former Hollywood star who, after being stalked and changing her identity, found refuge on the San Juan Islands. When her husband, Kent, (a policeman) is shot, she vows to keep her daughter safe and pretty much leads a secluded life; keeping folks at a distance. Then strange things begin to happen that lead her to believe her stalker has found her. What should she do? She feels like she put her husband at risk and she doesn't want to do that to Carcen. Should she tell him? Carcen Lang is the sheriff and he would do anything to protect his beautiful sister-in-law and her daughter. When he finds out she's in danger he promises to stick close and find out who's responsible. As buried feelings begin to rise between Carcen and Devynne so does the danger. Will they figure out who the stalker is before it's too late?

Wow! This was an excellent romantic suspense. The story keeps you totally engaged from beginning to end. The author does a great job of skillfully weaving together all the things I really like in a story; mystery, suspense, romance and splashes of humor. Not to mention several hold-your-breath moments. The characters were all very well drawn and fully fleshed out. I loved the tentative relationship between Devynne and Carcen and Devynne's little girl was delightful. But what I thoroughly appreciated was how the author masterfully kept you from knowing, without a doubt, who the stalker was. I thought I had it figured out a couple times but then evidence would point to someone else. The spiritual thread running through the story was naturally part of the characters lives and realistic. The author used John 15:12-13 "This is my command: Love one another the way I have loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends." I think that verse fit the story very well. I listened to the Audible version of this story and Johanna Parker did a fantastic job of narrating. She really brought the story to life and made it an awesome listening experience. If you're busy and on the go (or even if you're not) I totally recommend the Audible version of The Unrelenting Tide. Get it, grab your ear-buds and see if you know who the stalker is.

*The Audible version of this book was compliments of the author in exchange for an honest review*

Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 6 hours and 14 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Lynnette Bonner
Audible.com Release Date: January 2, 2014

For more information on this book or other books by Lynnette Bonner, I encourage you to visit her website http://www.lynnettebonner.com/

Monday, March 17, 2014

REDEEMING LOVE by Sophie Dawson and George Mc Vey

Timothy Dillion is a Deputy U.S. Marshal traveling with Marshal Nathan Ryder (also know as the Preacher) from Redemption, New Mexico to Cottonwood, Iowa, to visit his aunt Aggie and find peace from a situation in Redemption. When they get Cottonwood, they're surprised to find that Diamond Dale has struck again and he's kidnapped Nell Shaw. Nell Shaw is a nurse who has no appreciation for men since fleeing her father's advances and going to live with Aggie Cuttler. She soon discovers her father has returned and is terminally ill, expecting her to care for him. Now, because of Diamond Dale, she has Tim following her around everywhere to protect her and she hates it, though she is drawn to him and thinks he's handsome. For Tim, protecting Nell is particularly hard because he's already lost two women he's loved at the hands of Diamond Dale. He doesn't want Nell to be the third. Can two hurting souls overcome the past to perhaps find a future together? Will Diamond Dale find his mark? What does Aggie think about Nell's father returning? Will Nathan find the peace he's looking for?

Redeeming Love is a really great story! One that truly comes to life in your mind as you're reading; like watching a movie in your head. It was such a great mix of romance, suspense and interaction with folks you just come to love. I got to know a little about Nugget Nate Ryder (Nathan's grandfather) in Leah's Peace. A character I loved! So it was fun to get to know his grandson. Redeeming Love brings together two different series by two different authors. The Redemption Series by George Mc Vey and The Cottonwood Series by Sophie Dawson. I haven't read either of these series but I can promise you I will be soon. Both are excellent writers who know how to bring a story to life, with living, breathing characters, and when you get to the end, makes you crave more. I appreciated the way faith was so naturally a part of this story not just something tacked on as an after-thought. That doesn't mean they didn't have struggles and failures, because they did, but faith was part of who they were. I am looking forward to reading both series soon and catching up with both Redemption and Cottonwood. You'll find at the end of this book that another Redemption story will be coming soon. If you enjoy a good old-fashioned western with folks you love (and some you don't), then I highly recommend a trip to Cottonwood to find out what Redeeming Love is all about. It's enjoyable as a stand alone but I for one want to read the other books!

*This complimentary copy was provided by Sophie Dawson in exchange for an honest review*

To find out more about this book or other books in the Cottonwood Series I encourage you to visit Sophie Dawson's website http://www.sophie-dawson.com/ To find out more about other books in the Redemption Series I encourage you to find George McVey on amazon.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

SECRETS by Anne Patrick

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?

Love, 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*

Print Length: 182 pages
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc. (February 11, 2014)

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

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


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

For more information on this book or other books by Denise Hunter, I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.denisehunterbooks.com/

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