Friday, December 28, 2012

VANISHED by Irene Hannon

Investigative reporter, Moira Harrison is caught in a thunderstorm on a dark and very rainy night. Suddenly a lone figure appears in her headlights. One with terrified eyes. Moria slams on her breaks but conditions cause the car to slide. She feels a thud against her car right before she hits a tree. While still dazed, a man opens her door to let her know he saw the accident and will call 911 and take care of the person she hit. Something poked her leg then her world went dark. When she comes to, she is alone and there are no emergency personnel. What happened? The police are skeptical of her story but the terrified eyes Moira saw drive her to seek a private investigator. Cal Burke is part of Phoenix, Inc. (a PI group comprised of ex-law enforcement) and comes highly recommended. After hearing Moira's story he agrees to investigate further. As they gather clues and the mystery begins to unfold the danger to Moira escalates.

Vanished is a great start to Irene Hannon's new Private Justice series. I enjoyed meeting the men who make up Phoenix, Inc. (Cal, Dev and Conner). Although they're all involved, this story belongs to Cal. Cal lost his wife 5 years ago and has carried the guilt ever since. He never expected to love again until Moira shows up in his office. The relationship between Moira and Cal had a slow build which felt very natural. They complimented each other nicely. One thing I thoroughly enjoyed was the way Cal, Dev and Conner interacted with each other. Lots of good fun, humor and teasing! I loved it! You know who the guilty party is but it was interesting gathering clues along with Cal and Moira. The author keeps you engaged through the entire story and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed the ending. Now I'll be watching and waiting for Dev's story!

*This complimentary copy provided by Revell through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Revell (January 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0800721233
ISBN-13: 978-0800721237

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Lucy Durham Watson knows what hurt and pain are all about thanks to her late husband, Eddy.  With that behind her, she sponsers a Romanian girl (Anika) and her father (Dorin) to come live in American on her farm.  Dorin knows what hardship really means.  Though his pride wanted to turn Lucy down, he knows what it will mean for his daughter's future.  They get off to a bad start when Lucy's late to pick them up at the airport and then gets them lost through a bad part of town.  Dorin makes known the fact that Lucy is young and has careless behavior, yet something draws him to her.  Lucy knows Dorin doesn't approve of her but she can't seem to stop the way he tugs on her heart.  The two of them try to deny the chemistry between them but everything changes when Lucy life is endangered.

Suspense runs high in this installment of the Ozark Durham Series.  Once I started reading Cherished Strangers I could not put it down! I almost read it in one sitting!  I loved Lucy, Dorin and Anika!  It's also fun to see Keaton and Lindsey, Ann and Jacob again too! The romantic tension between Lucy and Dorin was electrifying!  I truly fell in love with Dorin and the way he was with Lucy.  Lucy was so endearing to me.  She reminded me that we've all made foolish choices.  Some are just harder to recover from than others.  But Dorin reminds Lucy that God often takes us through journeys made of small steps; each one with the purpose of bringing us closer to Him.  I also appreciate the way the author addresses the issue of the 'feel good' church mentality.  When troubled times hit, your relationship with Christ is what will see you through.  We also see how important a good church home/family is and the impact they can have in our lives.  How our giving makes a difference in other peoples lives.  A difference we may not even realize.  If you enjoy a good romantic suspense with a great message then I HIGHLY recommend Cherished Strangers!  Regina Tittel has become a favorite author of mine and I would not hesitate at all to recommend any of her books.  Now, I'm looking forward to Devoted Mission.

Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 7, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1480263613
ISBN-13: 978-1480263611
File Size: 410 KB
Publisher: Hawse Pipe Ministries; 1 edition (December 14, 2012)

For more information about Cherished Strangers or Regina Tittel's other books, I encourage you to visit her website:

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

NO SAFE HARBOR by Elizabeth Ludwig

Cara Hamilton thought her brother (Eoghan) was dead until she received a letter.  She travels to America to search for him.  Despite the fact he tells her to talk to no one, she befriends Rourke Walsh, a man who says he's a friend.  Not realizing all that her brother was involved in, she becomes a pawn in a deadly game of revenge.  Rourke seems to care for Cara, but he's not who she thinks he is.  Her growing feelings for him cause her to trust him.  With little faith and hope left, she wonders if she should have trusted Rourke Walsh.  As she gets closer to finding her brother the closer to danger she finds herself in.  Will she learn the truth about Rourke? Will she ever find her brother or will revenge find it's target?

What a wonderful turn-of-the-century story of Irish immigrants coming to America. It was loaded with danger, suspense and of course romance.  As you arrive at Ellis Island with Cara, you immediately feel her apprehension and rightly so.  Not knowing who to trust can make you weary.  That immediately drew me into the story.  The author keeps you turning pages to see how it will all turn out.  The characters were well drawn and fully fleshed out.  The tension between Rourke and Cara was tangible.  It's easy to see why Cara reacted to Rourke the way she did.  As I was reading I was thinking that despite our circumstances and though we lose faith, the Lord is always there.  Sometimes we have to come to the very end of ourselves before we're reminded of that.  I loved the very satisfying ending but the door is wide open for Eoghan's story.  Looking forward to reading 'Dark Road Home', book 2 in the Edge of Freedom Series.

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (October 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0764210394
ISBN-13: 978-0764210396

*This complimentary copy provided by Bethany House through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

SUBMERGED by Dani Pettrey

Bailey Craig swore she'd never return to Yancey, Alaska ever again. She knew the town's folks would always remember the reputation she had. She's returned now only to bury her aunt, who died in a plane crash, and sell the shop she owned in town. But evidence turns up that leads the police to believe the crash might not have been an accident at all. Bailey might be the only one who can help solve the puzzle. Cole McKenna is an experienced diver who worked on the rescue effort of the downed plane. Knowing Bailey's aunt was on it, he's sure he would see her again and he's not sure how he would handle it. She had once ripped his heart out. But he finds she's not the same girl who left Yancey. In fact, both of them had changed, a lot. As Bailey and Cole work together through the mystery of the crash and several mysterious murders, will they discover the truth of what really happened and will they also discover their long buried feelings beginning to surface once again?

I thoroughly enjoyed Submerged, with it's romance, mystery, and suspense but I also enjoyed getting to know Bailey and the McKenna family. Though fictitious, I liked visiting Yancy, Alaska and learning about the town and it's people. I appreciated the way the author dealt with Bailey and her past. It reminded me that becoming a believer doesn't erase your past but it doesn't define your future either. You shouldn't let your past hold you hostage. I also found the whole Russian history aspect to the story very interesting as well as entertaining! There is also a hint of something happening between Piper McKenna and Deputy Landon Grainger (Cole's best friend), which makes me look forward to reading Shattered, (Book Two in the Alaskan Courage Series). Great start to a new series by a new author.

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0764209833
ISBN-13: 978-0764209833

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Cole Ramsey is a Pinkerton detective hired to investigate Aaron Covington. Folks think he's responsible for some crimes happening in the area. Abigail Covington is done with love after being totally deceived by a man. When she has a buggy accident, Cole happens along and helps her. He learns she's Aaron Covington's daughter and escorts her back to the ranch. Aaron and Cole find they have something in common and Aaron hires him as a hand. Cole and Abigail are drawn to each other but it's hard to build a relationship when Cole can't be honest about who he really is or why he's there. And with the way things are going, they may not get a chance to be honest with each other.

Undercover Cowboy was a wonderful tale. For being short (about 78 pages), it really felt like you got a full-length story. It had some romance, some danger and the mystery of who's behind the sabotaging isn't revealed until the end. Always a plus for me. It's very well written (with several unexpected twists) and I appreciated the way the author presented the true meaning of Christmas through the characters. Cole and Abigail were fun to get to know and spend time with. If you're looking for a place to go for Christmas, I would definitely recommend you head on over to Covington Ranch. It's a beautiful place and the coffee is always on for friends! Do be cautious though, things around the ranch have been kinda rough lately!

File Size: 194 KB
Print Length: 78 pages

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

RANSOMED HOPE by Deborah Pierson Dill

When Ashley Turner's father died, he left the ranch to her alcoholic brother. Her brother then forced Manuel Vega (the man Ashley loved) to leave. Now seventeen years later her brother is still drinking and their ranch is about to be foreclosed. Ashley knows that God must have a purpose but she's just not sure what it might be. Her hopes are raised when Manuel returns. But Manuel's not there to help them. He's bent on getting revenge. Will he be able to follow-through with his plan or will his plan change when he learns the reality of the situation?

This was a story that was full of emotion. Ashley was a sweet woman who could have been bitter but instead was honoring the Lord with her behavior. Manuel was a really great, yet flawed hero. I appreciated the way the author handled the whole family dynamics. What man meant for evil, God meant for good. A good message for those difficult situations we face. This is a short read (about 61 pages) but I thoroughly enjoyed every page. Though as a reader, I would have loved an epilog to finish out the story. If you are looking for a quick Christmas- themed story, Ransomed Hope would be a great choice!

File Size: 222 KB
Print Length: 61 pages
Publisher: Pelican Ventures Book Group-White Rose Publishing (November 2, 2012)

Monday, December 3, 2012

SILENT NIGHT by Colleen Coble

Bree Matthews is preparing for Christmas but her heart is heavy from her recent miscarriage.  She longs to have Kades child.  Bree and Kade begin fixing up a room for Kade's sister, Lauri, when she suddenly shows up two weeks earlier than expected.  Bree senses something isn't right.  Then a parachuter disappears in the North Woods.  Bree and Samson (her search and rescue dog) go searching when some clues turn up concerning a young girl who disappeared.  Bree and Kade fear Lauri knows more than she's telling.  What will the search turn up and will Bree's deepest prayer be answered?

I knew when I saw Silent Night that it was a must-read!  Rock Harbor and the wonderful folks I've come to know and love are always a joy to go visit.  Though this was a short and quick read, it was wonderful to be brought up to date with what's happening in the lives of Bree and Kade and the extended family.  There's a mystery, of course, and you watch Samson do his thing!  I love that dog!  And I must say the ending was fabulous!  If you are a Rock Harbor fan than this is a story you won't want to miss.

File Size: 596 KB
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 20, 2012)
ASIN: B00A29R22I

Saturday, December 1, 2012


Destiny is a country music superstar on top of the world. But her world is turned upside down when a stalker seems bent on killing her. With no leads and no clues, she drops the name Destiny, leaves Nashville and heads to Serenity to hideout in her grandparents cabin as Holly Stone (her real name). No one knows she owns it or that she used to go there in the summers growing up. So the stalker can't possibly find her there, right?

What a great little Christmas romantic suspense. I was intrigued by the cover, loved the clever title and thoroughly enjoyed the story! I liked Holly and found that her reaction to situations matched what I was thinking while I was reading. You just really aren't sure who the stalker is until the end. For me that's a plus! There was some romance, but who should Holly trust? Though the story is short (about 81 pages) it was really very satisfying. So if 'the weather outside is frightful', it's the perfect time to pick-up The Christmas Stalking!

File Size: 219 KB
Print Length: 71 pages
Publisher: Pelican Ventures Book Group-Harbourlight Books (November 1, 2012)

Friday, November 30, 2012


Rayne Adams was devastated when her fiance walked-out three years ago with no explanation. She's just now starting to recover. Although the holidays will find her alone, she decides she will make it a joyful time. While out shopping for the perfect tree for her apartment she runs into the last person she ever expected to see. Justin Thomas made the biggest mistake of his life when he walked out on Rayne. He longs to explain why he did it but Rayne isn't sure she wants to hear it. Besides, someone else is showing an interest in her. Despite her best efforts, Justin still tugs at her heart. Can Justin convince Rayne to listen to the reason he left and that he still wants a future with her? Will Rayne be able to forgive him and accept him back or will her heart be drawn in a new direction?

While looking for books I ran across this one and really liked the cover. It looked like a cute Christmas story and so I give it try. It was a very sweet story of love and second chances. The characters are likable folks and easy to get to know. I really like what Justin's uncle once told him, "Worrying about the past will keep you in bondage. And fretting about the future will stop the joy of living for today." Wise advice. Especially profound because Justin had a past. It was a good reminder that just because you're a Christian doesn't mean you don't have to deal with the consequences of past choices. But God can make beauty from the ashes. Isn't that great! One part I thoroughly enjoyed about the book was the ending! It was a lot of fun and very romantic! If you're looking for a quick, easy-to-read Christmas story then Christmas Rayne just might be in your forecast!

File Size: 245 KB
Print Length: 98 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480212067
Publisher: (November 7, 2012)
ASIN: B00A412Y18

Thursday, November 29, 2012

COUNTDOWN TO FIRST NIGHT by Jillian Hart, Margaret Daley, Brenda Minton

Winter's Heart by Jillian Hart
Shelby Craig's life isn't going very well. She heads to Snow Falls for a temporary job and hoping for a nice break for her and the kids at her grandmother's house. A flat tire brings on the help of Officer Ronan Winters. His feelings for her haven't changed in all these years. He want's to help her but it might be too high of price.

Snowbound at New Year by Margaret Daley

Ellie Summers writes childrens books. When her illustrator retires he recommends Brody Kincaid. But Brody can't seem to get it right. When she heads to his home to talk with him in person, an unexpected snowstorm leaves her stranded at his home. She finds that the 'difficult' Brody is actually very charming and his twin girls quickly win her heart. The girls want to see Brody and Ellie together. Will the little matchmakers succeed?

A Kiss at Midnight by Brenda Minton

Jolie Godwin is an artist who will have a display at the Wildwood Lodge for First Night. She's hoping not to run into the owner, Jake Wild. There shared kiss at New Years last year is still vivid in her memory. He's really a good guy and a very devoted uncle but, because of their history, there can be no future for them. They're lives are worlds apart. But the magic of First Night can be a powerful thing.

This was an extremely enjoyable read. All three stories take place in Snow Falls around First Night or New Years celebration. The cover is as heartwarming as the stories inside. I had fun meeting all the characters and becoming involved in their lives. There was no heavy subjects to deal with or extreme drama, just a fun get-away to a beautiful lodge where you can go ice skating, enjoy hot chocolate and the company of the folks in Snow Falls. I enjoyed my visit there and I'm sure you will too as you Countdown to First Night!

Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Harlequin (January 2, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0373837798
ISBN-13: 978-0373837793

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

PROJECT LOVE by Bonnie Blythe

Charity Conrad is a Barista in a coffee house where her perky personality seems to bring sunshine into everyone's life, based on the fullness of the tip jar. But her perkiness masks some of the loneliness she feels inside. Daniel Tabor loves getting coffee from Charity. After a little game of 'give me your smile' he decides to get to know her better. Charity is unprepared for the feelings Daniel evokes. He loves family and wants to see Charity reconcile with her sisters. Charity knows that's impossible. About as impossible as a future with Daniel.

I thoroughly enjoyed Project Love. I was curious to find out about Charity's life and how things turned out for her. Daniel was the kind of guy any girl would wish for. I liked the way he challenged Charity (even though it made her mad). It made me think of my own husband who does the same thing and I too get mad but it's helped me to be a better person (as I think it did in Charity's case as well). I also loved Daniel's faith and the way it impacted his life and those around him. This whole series was really about reconciliation and forgiveness of three estranged sisters. The ending was completely satisfying and brought all three stories to an excellent conclusion! I so appreciated all the splashes of humor especially at the end. You could read this as a stand alone but after reading all three books in the series, I would recommend reading them in order most especially to enjoy the ending of Project Love!

For more information about this book as well as Bonnie's other books, I encourage you check out her website.

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

Saturday, November 24, 2012

HEARTS UNLOCKED by Beverly Nault

Stephanie Allan left home when her father made unreasonable demands on her. She's now a social worker and determined to make it on her own. She shares an apartment with her best friend but has no money for extras. The car she drives has about seen it's day. When she gets a flat tire on the way home, she is shocked when Brandon McCallister stops to help her. Then asks her out for coffee. Brandon McCallister is a celebrity and recognized wherever he goes. Stephanie is very drawn to Brandon but knows there can be nothing between them. She's heard of his reputation and besides he looks pretty friendly with Rose. Will Brandon convince Stephanie to take a chance with him or will the door to her heart remain closed?

This was a lighthearted story that made for an enjoyable Thanksgiving Day read. The characters were likable and the town of Cherryvale was a place I'd like to visit again. There were a few parts where I just didn't understand why Brandon and Stephanie couldn't ask each other what was bothering them but I guess if we're honest, you don't do that when you're first dating. The story moved at a nice pace and kept my interest. I liked the ending but I really wanted there to be bit more. I know there are other books in the Cherryvale series so perhaps we'll see more of these characters as the stories continue. I might even go the Cherryvale for Christmas and find out!

File Size: 384 KB
Print Length: 134 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615687164

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

BAYWARD HEART by Bonnie Blythe

Hope Conrad runs a whale watching business. She's hoping this season will be a good and profitable one because she sure needs the money. But her hopes are dashed when Captain Eric Bandon's boat damages her boat while docking. The good captain offers a solution to help her out. One she really doesn't like, but knowing she needs the money to keep the business going, she accepts Eric's offer. Eric is drawn to Hope and he's hoping his debonair ways will win her over. Hope is attracted to Eric but he both challenges and frustrates her in almost every aspect of her life. Will Eric convince Hope of the possibility of a future together? One that could perhaps include contacting her estranged sisters?

Bayward Heart finds us peaking into the life of Hope Conrad. Hope is a strong woman (much like Faith was in Rock and a Hard Place) but she also has some deep issues that keep her from doing the things she would really like to do. I could certainly relate to that. Eric was a lot of fun and you can't help but love 'em, although sometimes he got a little carried away. I loved watching how Eric was with Hope. How he never gave up. I couldn't help but be reminded that that is how the Lord is with us. Aren't we glad He never gives up. Bayward Heart is book two in the Cascade Brides Series but could easily be read as a stand alone. If you're looking to get away for a little while, I recommend you set sail along with Hope and Eric. Maybe you'll even see a whale or two!

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

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Danielle Kent (who is not Amish) is in love with Matthew Lapp (who is Amish).  Although he's Amish, his desire has always been to go to school and live in the Englisch world.  So when Danielle finds out she's pregnant with Matthew's child she thinks he'll be happy and want to marry her.  After all, he planned to leave anyway.  Danielle is devastated when Matthew chooses to walk away.  Now what will she do?  Danielle feels so alone.  Her best friend, Levi, gives her some comfort and support but they are from two different worlds.  Levi loves being Amish and trusts God for everything and Danielle knows she can't trust God for anything.  But God knows the plans He has for them and they are ones Levi and Danielle can only imagine.

Let me start first by saying that Amish fiction is not my usual genre.  But this story sounded very intriguing to me so I decided I'd like to try it.  WOW!  I am SO glad I did!  His Love Endures Forever is an amazing story.  I got caught up in the lives of these folks from the first page and devoured it in two sittings.  I had a hard time putting it down.  And although it is the third book in A Land of Canaan series, I didn't feel lost at all.   Levi is a man that you just fall in love with.  His sweet and gentle ways are so endearing.  Danielle was a sweet girl with a troubled past who wanted only to be loved.  The way Levi was with Danielle was awesome.  To me, it was a beautiful picture of God's love toward us.  The kind of love that changes hearts and lives.  I loved the dialog between them and especially when Levi used his special name for Danielle!  So sweet.  This story is loaded with lots of family dynamics that keep you glued to the pages to see what will happen next.  The ending was great but there were a few things left open that make me think there might be another book coming.  If you've never read Amish fiction before but would like to give it a try, His Love Endures Forever is one I would highly recommend.  I will be adding 'Seek Me with All Your Heart' and 'The Wonder of Your Love' to my reading list!

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1595548882
ISBN-13: 978-1595548887

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

FINDING HOME by Marianne Evans

Alexa Gordon was happily engaged and planning a wedding until her fiance betrayed her. Left with frayed emotions, her friends from college, Peter Colby and his sister Vanessa, ask her to come to England. Feeling like that might be just what she needs, she books her flight. Peter and Alexa have always been treasured friends but this visit seems to bring forth emotions of more than just friendship. Peter knows she's been devastated but is determined to show her how much he truly loves and values her. But will it be enough to make her stay? And will Alexa finally figure out that home is where the heart is?

Want to get away, shop at Harrods, enjoy a high tea, and experience the sights and sounds of London? Then I highly recommend Finding Home! You'll find yourself whisked away on a wonderful vacation that you don't even have to pack for. I loved getting to know Alexa, Peter and Vanessa. Peter was amazing. I loved his intensive yet playful ways and could just imagine everything he said with that wonderful British accent. Alexa was someone that was very sweet, fun, and easy to relate to. Together they were absolute magic. Vanessa could easily be a good friend with her loving and caring ways. As I was reading the story the verse that kept coming to mind was, "A man's heart plans his way but the Lord directs his steps". Sometimes what we think we want or need isn't what the Lord wants for us but it's great to remember that He directs our steps. So, are you ready to travel abroad? Finding Home is a great way to go. No tickets required!

File Size: 242 KB
Publisher: Pelican Ventures Book Group-White Rose Publishing (November 2, 2012)

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

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Susanna Daniels works with troubled teens at Wellsprings of Grace.  She thought she was making a difference until one of the girls tries to frame her with false accusations.  In trying to work through her emotions, Susanna heads for the park.  That's where she runs into a handsome stranger.  Gabe Peretti, a Detroit police officer, has returned to Angel Falls to take a break from the harsh realities of being a city cop and to try to hear God's still-small-voice once again.  So where does a trip to the park, a sizzling kiss, some wayward teens and a sweet dog named Axle lead?  On an adventure that will leave you completely breathless!

Fun, uplifting, entertaining and romantic all come to mind when I think of Operation Breathless.  This story has a very lighthearted feel to it, yet it also explores the difficulties we deal with like self-doubt, cynicism and losing heart.  But I very much appreciated the author's message of fighting the good fight and keeping the faith.  Don't let circumstances defeat you.  What a great and timely message!  You'll find the characters are honest and believable and they will quickly worm their way into your heart.  And I must say that I loved the ending! (sigh)  Operation Breathless is a delightful story that will send your heart racing and leave you with a smile on your face!

Publication date: November 9, 2012
White Rose Publishing
Part 2 of the Heart's Haven Series
ISBN: 978-1-61116-216-5

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

AMY'S PROMISE by Doris Christian-Bernhardt

Amy Moss was disowned by her parents when she married David Simms, a mere commoner. Although Amy is devastated by her parents actions, she is happy to start her new life with a loving husband. They leave Virginia for a railroad job in Montana. To soon she finds herself a widow and in survival mode but she also gains some wonderful friends who help her through. Then she receives news, from her sister, of her fathers death so she returns to Virginia. Finding only more heartache and hardship, she decides to accept an offer to go live with her Aunt Catherine in Maryland, leaving her spoiled sister behind. Amy is so happy to be with Catherine, whose a wonderful Christian woman but whose heart aches to find her husband, Ivan, whom she thought died in the war. Amy promises her dying aunt that she'll find Ivan, just as they planned. She boards the Queen Mary and is headed for England when she finds herself involved with a handsome Captain, Derek Williams, and his sweet little daughter, Sarah. Derek brings her home to Ireland to meet his family and promises to take her to London to find Ivan. While in the beautiful countryside surrounding her, she finds herself falling in love again and so very thankful to God for His guiding hand and His many blessings. But will Amy's faith be strong enough to sustain her through all that lies ahead?

Through tragedy and triumph, Amy's promise is one of those stories that grabs you right from the start and doesn't let you go until the last page is turned. Set in 1937, you experience the post depression era as well as the uncertainty of an impending world war. The characters are vibrant and very well drawn. You get to know them so well, that you'll find yourself thinking about them long after you close the book. I loved how the author weaved in the message of God's love, forgiveness and His many blessings toward us. There were lots of twist and turns and so many things happening that it kept me wondering how it would all turn out. It would make a fantastic movie! If you enjoy a story you can't put down, that's full of emotion and a journey you won't soon forget, I would highly recommend Amy's Promise! Great job, Doris!

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Xulon Press (October 31, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1624195997
ISBN-13: 978-1624195990

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Brenda Storm loves being a doctor and is very good at it. So why is someone out to kill her? After the delivery of poisoned cupcakes, the hospital assigns her a bodyguard to protect her at all times. Kyle Martin is an ex-SEAL who is prepared to give his life, if necessary, to protect Brenda. What he's unprepared for is the attraction he feels for her. Brenda doesn't quite know what to think about Kyle. He's strong, cocky and bit full of himself but she finds herself drawn to him as well. They both are courageous except when it comes to love. Will they have an opportunity to explore the possibility of their feelings or will the killer get his target?

I enjoyed The Doctor's Defender. It was the type of story that keeps you on edge the whole way through. You also don't know who it is behind the attempts until the very end, which is something I really like. The characters were interesting to get to know. I liked that Kyle was strong and intense but was also a joker. Yet it was his faith that made him really appealing. Brenda was a strong woman but not unreasonable. The chemistry between them was strong. There were a couple of questions, as a reader, I felt were unanswered but it didn't detract from the enjoyment of the story. This is the third installment in the Protection Specialists Series but I didn't feel lost having not read the previous books. If you're looking for a quick, fast-paced, suspenseful read, The Doctor's Defender just might do the trick.

Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired (October 2, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0373445083
ISBN-13: 978-0373445080

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

Saturday, November 3, 2012

THE BREATH OF DAWN by Kristen Heitzmann

Morgan Spencer has been living in the depth of despair since his wife Jill was killed. He's been living at his brother Rick's ranch to try to heal. Rick & Noelle have helped care for his daughter, Olivia, but he realizes that he needs to slowly return to his life again. Quinn Reilly tried to do the right thing, but now she lives in fear. Her ebay store allows her to have an income while remaining anonymous. Quinn comes to Juniper Falls to check out an estate sale. While there, she encounters the infamous Morgan Spencer. She's drawn to him and his sweet little girl. But trouble is just around the corner. When Quinn starts receiving threats from the man she sent to prison, she asks Morgan for help. Solving problems is Morgan Spencer's specialty. But his solution to this problem sends them on a path they didn't expect with an outcome they couldn't anticipate.

The Breath of Dawn is a fantastic, well-written, spell-binding story! It's one that once you pick it up, not only do you not want to put it down, you simply can't! Morgan Spencer was someone that totally intrigued me in Rush of Wings and again in The Still of Night. But I love the Morgan Spencer in The Breath of Dawn. He's such an interesting and complex hero. Quinn was very easy to like. She's strong yet vulnerable which makes for a great combination. The relationship between Morgan and Quinn absolutely sizzled and you'll love watching it all unfold before your very eyes. The interaction, as well as the dialog between them, was supreme. There were lots of savory parts that caused me to go back and read them again. The suspense was great but there was also an element of 'creepy' that makes your hairs stand on end. I loved spending time with Rick and Noelle again, as they play a major roll in this story. The characters deal with tremendous heartache, loss, and disappointment but God's goodness and prevailing grace shine through, like a beacon, guiding them through their darkest moments. Though you could read this as a stand alone, I highly recommend you start the journey with Rush of Wings and move through the series. The Breath of Dawn is definitely a favorite and has a spot on my keeper shelf!

Paperback: 437 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0764210424
ISBN-13: 978-0764210426

*This complimentary copy was provided by Bethany House through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Friday, October 26, 2012

A PROMISE TO LOVE by Serena B. Miller

Ingrid Larsen, a young Swedish immigrant, arrives in Michigan to meet her brother. When her brother doesn't show she decides to take the job of house keeper for George and Millicent (the store owner and his wife). Joshua Hunter stops by to pay a bill and witnesses Millicent's cruel behavior toward Ingrid. He shows kindness to her and she is immediately drawn to him. After that, Ingrid fleas from Millicent and heads for her friend Hazel's house. Hazel informs her that Joshua is newly widowed and is in danger of losing his children due to allegations by his mother-in-law. In a desperate moment, Ingrid proposes marriage to Joshua. Marriage would solve both their problems. It would give Ingrid a home and Joshua would have help raising the children. But can a marriage built out of desperation ever be a real marriage? She loves her new family and wins the hearts of the children right away, but will she ever win the heart of her husband?

I am one who gravitates toward 'marriage of convenience' stories, which made A Promise to Love one that I certainly wanted to read. What I found was a complex, multilayered story, filled with real-life characters dealing with real-life situations of that time period. I loved the fact that many of the situations in the story were based on actual historical accounts and people. One being the author's grandmother. For me, that just added a extra richness to the story. One surprise to me was learning the secret that Joshua's first wife and Millicent kept. What's the secret? You'll have to read the book to find out. Ingrid is a woman that I really admired. She was smart, savvy and truly trying to be all God wanted her to be. She lived out 1 Corinthians 13 and I found myself thinking I'd like to be more like her. Joshua was a man that I liked getting to know. He was a good man but sometimes I wanted to knock some sense into him for the way he acted. But I think that's what made him flesh-and-blood real to me. This was a story that was difficult to put down once I started reading it. When I did have to put it down, I found myself anxious to pick it back up again. If you're like me and enjoy 'marriage of convenience' stories then I definitely recommend this one. A Promise to Love is the promise of a great story!

Paperback: 332 pages
Publisher: Revell; Original edition (October 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0800721179
ISBN-13: 978-0800721176

*This complimentary copy was provided by Revell through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Annie Wilkerson know horses and has a column in Montana Living. She hopes to one day pass the column to her baby sister, Sierra, who is taking college courses and raising her young son. Money is tight for Annie but they are making it. Then she receives word that her column was cancelled. They're starting a new lovelorn column and want to give her first chance at it. She can't turn it down 'cause she needs the money, but what does she know about love. Nothing! Dylan Taylor needs help with his treasured horse, Braveheart. Dylan is a flirty cowboy who is nothing but trouble with a capital 'T', but she agrees to work with Braveheart if he helps her with the column. As they spend more time together, Annie begins to see a different side of Dylan. One she didn't expect and it causes her to think she just may have been wrong about him. Annie stirs emotions in Dylan that have not see the light of day in a very long time. Emotions he's not sure he wants to deal with. Will these two wounded hearts be brave enough to let go and trust God with their future?

Romantic tension runs high in this last Big Sky Romance. I thoroughly enjoyed all the books in the series but I have to say The Trouble With Cowboys was my favorite. Annie sometimes drove me nuts with her wavering emotions but you couldn't help but like her. Besides, we all know how our emotions can reek havoc. I fell in love with Dylan. His sweet and flirty ways drew me in from the very start. It was absolutely delicious watching Annie and Dylan together, and believe me, I savored every moment! Can you say... yummy? Among the humor and the angst, I appreciated how the author dealt with the real life issues of pride, being judgmental, forgiveness, trusting in the Lord and letting go. Things we all deal with at some point. One thing that really jumped out at me was the message that how you grew up plays a big roll in who you are but it doesn't define your future. That's a huge encouragement for those who struggle with difficult upbringings. Denise Hunter has done it again and The Trouble With Cowboys comes highly recommended. It can be read as a stand alone but you won't want to miss the first two books (A Cowboy's Touch & The Accidental Bride). I'm sorry to see this series end. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Moose Creek and know that I will head back there at some point in the future to revisit the folks I've come to know so well.

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1595548033
ISBN-13: 978-1595548030

*The complimentary copy provided by Thomas Nelson through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Today, I'd like to introduce you to Juliet Rossiter.  Welcome, Juliet!  I'm so glad you stopped by.  We're looking forward to getting to know you a little better.

1.  Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know. 

Well, I'm kind of embarrassed to admit it, but...well...the night I met my husband, Kellen, I accidentally spilled champagne down the front of his suit! Let's just say I'm not the world's most graceful catering assistant!

2.  What do you do to relax? 

I love to take my Bible, or whatever book I might be reading, to the back patio and savor the aromas, birdsong and leaf chatter of my back yard in Franklin, Tennessee.

3.  What is your biggest fear?

Actually, I lived it---and by God's grace alone I survived it. A dear author friend of mine, Marianne Evans, chronicled this season of my life in the pages of her book Devotion.

4.  What gives you the greatest joy?

Oh, that's so easy!! My daughter Brittany! She's such a joy! She fills my heart and soul with the sureness of God's grace and presence!!!

5.  What drives you crazy?

::giggles:: For good and for bad, my romantic, electric, funny, sweet, intense and magnetic husband Kellen Rossiter.

6.  What three things are most important to you.

My faith, my marriage, my family.

7.  If you could go back and meet one historical person, who would it be and why? 

I would love to take a trip to the Holy Land and walk hand-in-hand with Jesus. He has seen me through so much. I would love to spend a few hours with Him and ask him questions about my life. I'd like to ask Him how I've done with the gifts He has given me and perhaps see a bigger view of how His plan played out in my life.

8.  What is one thing you'd like to change about yourself? 

I'd like to learn not to over-commit myself and stay focused on the three things I mentioned above that are so important to me: Faith, family and marriage. Becoming re-attuned to those gifts during the past year has worked miracles and wonders in my life!!

9.  What character quality do think is most important?

HONESTY. Even in the darkest of times, honesty is a pathway to so many good things!

10.  What person had the greatest influence on your life?

My mom, of course - she's so sweet and supportive, and there's my oldest sister, Marlene. Other than them, my husband Kellen has the greatest influence in my life. I've learned so much about life, and love, through the course of living out our marriage and maintaining the commitment we've made to one another.

Thanks for letting me visit your wonderful blog, Sherry! If you're ever in Nashville, you have an open-door invitation at our home!!!

Thank you, Juliet!  And thanks again for visiting with us today.  Below you'll find information about Marianne Evan's latest book, DEVOTION, and some handy links you'll want to be sure to check out!

From This Day Forward

Christian Music agent Kellen Rossiter has everything he ever wanted: A-list clients from coast to coast, a loving wife who honors and respects him, and a faith life that’s never wavered—until now.

Juliet Rossiter has the perfect life: a rewarding schedule serving the underprivileged, a husband who loves her as Christ loved the church, and a blessed future as a mother—at least that's what she thinks.

For Better or Worse

But what happens when their rock-solid marriage begins to crumble under the weight of an unexpected and powerful temptation?  How does love survive when its foundation is shaken?

'Til Death Do Us Part

When human frailty and the allure of sin deal a harsh blow to their relationship, it will take more than love to mend the shattered trust and heartbreak. It will take a lifetime of devotion.

Website link:

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Welcome Matt, we're glad you could join us today.  I'll just jump right into the questions since I know the folks are anxious to get to know you better.

1.  Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know.
Recently received my counselor's license, and now I'm working on my doctorate in psychology.

2.  What do you do to relax?
Ride horses and sit outside to play my guitar. There's nothing like being out in the open air, either on horseback, or with my guitar, or both!

3.  What is your biggest fear?
Abandonment. It all goes back to my childhood. My mom abandoned me and my brother when I was a baby and my brother was just a little kid. Makes it kind of hard to stick my neck out when it comes to relationships, 'cause I'm scared it could happen again.

4.  What gives you the greatest joy?
My relationship with God is my greatest joy and comfort, followed by spending time with Gracie, helping people, and my music.

5.  What drives you crazy?
Uptight and controlling people. While I love Gracie with all my heart, her perfectionist tendencies and over-thinking everything drive me nuts!!!

6.  What three things are most important to you.
God, the people He's placed in my life, and my music.

7.  If you could go back and meet one historical person, who would it be and why?
Without a doubt, Jesus. While I know Him now, I'd love to walk the shores of Galilee with Him and listen to Him teach. Can't think of a better blessing than that.

8.  What is one thing you'd like to change about yourself?
Definitely my tendency to stick my foot in my mouth. I really wanna help people, but I'm learning that sometimes they perceive that as me trying to "fix" them. They don't always appreciate my help, so it ends up making things worse rather than better.

9.  What character quality do think is most important?
Authenticity and being true to who you are. God created us, so when we try to be someone we're not, it's almost like we're saying God didn't do a good job, you know?

10.  What person had the greatest influence on your life?
My brother Andy. He's always looked out after me, and I wouldn't be who I am without his influence. I owe him so much.

Thanks Matt!  It's been fun having you here.  Now for some information about the author Cathy Bryant and her latest book, The Way of Grace.


Cathy Bryant is the author of the Miller’s Creek Novels—Texas Roads, A Path Less Traveled, and The Way of Grace. Her desire is to write heart-stirring stories about God’s life-changing grace. Though Texas-born, she currently resides in the beautiful Ozark mountains of northwest Arkansas with her husband of thirty years and near the world’s cutest grandson. You can learn more about her and her books at and

The Way of Grace by Cathy Bryant
(Book 3 in the Miller’s Creek novels)
In pursuit of justice, in need of grace . . .
A justice-seeking perfectionist pursues her dream of a perfect life in her hometown of Miller’s Creek, Texas. Sidetracked by the desire to be a prosecuting attorney, Grace Soldano launches into uncharted waters, making herself over to please her boss and mentor. Then a disheveled free spirit turns her perfectly ordered world upside down, challenging the concept of personal goodness. A fall from perfection leaves Grace teetering between vengeance and grace, caught in a deadly crossfire that leaves her dreams in a heap of ashes. Can she learn to joyfully accept the life God has given her–far from perfect–but one completely immersed in His grace?

Friday, October 12, 2012

THE WAY OF GRACE by Cathy Bryant

 Grace Soldano is a perfectionist. She's looking for the perfect man, the perfect job, basically the perfect life in Miller's Creek. She works for Andy Tyler, who helped put her through law school, but Andy is a defense attorney and her dream is to be a prosecuting attorney, to seek justice for her mother who was killed in an auto accident. An opportunity arises to work for a prosecuting attorney, but she gets involved in a lot more than she bargained for. Matt Tyler has loved Gracie for a long time. They're good friends but Grace would never entertain the idea of spending her life with someone who didn't fit her idea of the perfect guy. After all, the perfect guy would iron his shirt, be on time and have a long range goal for his life, right?. Not spend time on the road playing music and being a perpetual student. Matt is a great guy, just not for her. But as she walks through some firey trials, will she finely come to realize what grace is all about?

The Way of Grace is the perfect title for this beautifully written story. It was wonderful returning to Miller's Creek again and catching up with friends. But I've got to tell you, this latest installment in the series had a suspense element that took me by surprise. It was very well done and certainly kept me flipping pages! There were several unexpected twists and turns, which I happen to really enjoy. Matt Tyler was a wonderful picture of grace-in-the-flesh! He made a great hero. Grace was definitely someone we can all relate to. We may not be quite as bad as she is (ahem), but let's face it, we all have a little of her in each of us. But it's great to be reminded that God still loves us even with all our imperfections! I appreciated how the author helps the reader discover the concepts of grace, mercy and justice while keeping you completely engaged in the story. If you're looking for a great story with a timely message, then head on over to Miller's Creek to see what The Way of Grace is all about! Looking forward to Pilgrimage of Promise!
File Size: 596 KB
Print Length: 318 pages
Publisher: WordVessel Press; 1 edition (September 25, 2012)

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


Friday, October 5, 2012


Trish James is going through a very difficult time. Loosing her husband, trying to help her son cope with the situation as well as trying to make it on her own is draining the life of out of her. But she is determined to do it on her own. Even if that means leaving Miller's Creek. Andy Tyler has had a difficult life. He longs for a family of his own. Trish definitely sparks his interest and he's very fond of her son, Bo. He wants to help Trish, but she is one stubborn and determined woman. Can Andy help her see that she doesn't have to do it all on her own? Will Trish learn that trusting in the Lord with all your heart, means she does it His way not hers?

I loved this second installment in the Miller's Creek Series. This author writes straight from the heart and you can feel that as you read the story. In many ways I found myself convicted, because I know how easy it is to want to control everything instead of trusting in the Lord. Trish was a frustrating woman, but very true to life. Andy Tyler is a heart-be-still kind of hero. I loved watching him with Trish and Bo and admired how he handled things. He was a great example of living out 'trusting in the Lord'. I appreciated the message that God doesn't waste any of our pain. That's such a comfort when difficult times come along. And we all know they do. I also loved seeing Dani, Steve and Mama Beth again. It was so nice to have them play such active parts in this story too. If you enjoy a good story with a wonderful message then stop by Miller's Creek. Don't forget to bring your appetite, cause Mama Beth is the best cook around!

Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: WordVessel Press (October 18, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0984431128
ISBN-13: 978-0984431120
File Size: 430 KB

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