Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Shelby Davis loves handling search and rescue with her dog Max.  Not so much today though, when she's asked to help find a man lost in the blizzard and that man is Ryker Anderson.  The one person she didn't expect or want to see again.  Ryker broke her heart 18 month ago when he left with only a recorded goodbye message.  Now Ryker has returned to Grand Lake to win back the heart of the only woman he's ever loved.  He only hopes that Shelby will understand his reason for leaving.  Will she understand and find it in her heart to trust the man who left her?

Reunited at Christmas is the perfect title for this tale.  You might be able to guess what the outcome might be but watch-out for an unexpected twist!  I must say that the cover is very appealing and what drew me to the story.  Once I started reading it, it was one that just kept me turning pages.  All the characters were full of life and just great to get to know.  I enjoyed the spiritual thread that was woven throughout without being heavy handed.  The message that the Lord is always with us in good times and bad was a great reminder to the reader.  Though this has a Christmas theme it's one I would enjoy reading at anytime.   So grab your hot chocolate,  warm fuzzy slippers and curl up with Reunited at Christmas.  The weather outside may be frightful but this story will warm your heart!

File Size: 1095 KB
Print Length: 141 pages
Publisher: Sweet Impressions Publishing (November 25, 2013)

For more information about this book or other books by Debra Ullrick I encourage to visit her website at  http://christianromancewriter.blogspot.com/

Friday, December 20, 2013


Abby Daniels accepted an internship in New York City which she was excited about but now she won't be able to go home for Christmas.  So on Christmas Eve, she plans to video chat with her boyfriend, Brad, make her family's famous snickerdoodle cookies and watch some movies.  Things don't turn out the way Abby plans though.  She discovers she doesn't have one important ingredient for the cookies so she asks her neighbor Jason but he turns out to be pretty rude.  Then she phones Brad just to chat but finds out some life changing news.  Feeling down and out she finds consolation from the least likely source.

This was a short and sweet read.  I enjoyed the characters and the Christmas theme.  Abby was a nice lady.  I liked the way she was trying to make the best of being away from her family by doing the things she did with them.  The cover of the book was very inviting and that's what drew me to want to read the book.  The story could have used a good proofreader but other than that it was a cute, short, satisfying holiday read!

File Size: 1007 KB
Print Length: 41 pages

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A DECEMBER BRIDE by Denise Hunter

Layla O'Reilly is about to attend the wedding of her ex-fiance and her cousin.  When her date cancels due to sickness Layla is wondering what to do.  She runs into Seth Murphy, who was her ex-fiance's best friend.  They decide to go together since neither of them have a date.  Circumstances arise at the reception that cause Seth to announce he and Layla are engaged.  Though it's not true, she gains an opportunity because of it, to win a contract with a major client regarding her home-staging business.  Layla is willing to keep up the deception until she gets the contract.  Seth has secretly loved Layla from afar and is hoping he can convince Layla within the next few weeks to make it real.

This was a cute and quick read although I must admit that I really didn't like Layla very much through most of the story.  You could understand her feelings but I just didn't really connect with her until close to the end.  Seth was such a great guy.  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him and I loved the way he was with Layla.  His influence made a difference in Layla's life.  Some may say the plot is a bit far fetched but that's what makes it a fun get-away.  I will say that Denise Hunter has a real gift for writing romantic stories with good romantic tension, which I love.   It makes me want to go back an read Barefoot Summer.

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

File Size: 1827 KB
Print Length: 94 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (November 26, 2013)
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing

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

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Annie Delacorte's husband was killed and the people responsible now want to keep Annie from testifying against them. Annie and her child go into the witness protection program to keep them safe until the trial. U.S. marshal Hunter Davis is assigned to protect Annie while in the program. He's a pretty straight-forward, by-the-book kinda guy, who never becomes emotionally involved with a case. Annie is different though. No matter how he hard he tries to remain aloof he's drawn to her and her daughter. Annie feels drawn to Hunter as well but knows to him, she's just a job. After the trial, will they go there separate ways or will she remain Safe by the Marshal's Side?

I always enjoy Shirlee McCoy's books and this is no exception. Learning what it would be like to be in the witness protection program was interesting. I'm sure it would be extremely difficult and I think the author did a good job of showing those emotions. Annie was a strong woman for all that happened to her. Her daughter, Sophia, was really cute. Hunter was a great guy who had a tender heart. He was also good at his job. Though this was not an edge of your seat type story, there was some suspense and a mystery that remains open ended, leaving room for the other books in the Witness Protection series. There was some romance but I would say it's on the light side. One thing I really appreciated about Annie was the realization that though she was alone (because of being in the Witness Protection Program) she really wasn't because the Lord had never left her. He was watching over her and her daughter. Overall Safe by the Marshal's Side is a good start to the Witness Protection series.

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

Series: Love Inspired SuspenseWitness Protectio
Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired (January 7, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0373445784
ISBN-13: 978-0373445783

For more information about this book or Shirlee McCoy's other books, I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.shirleemccoy.com/

Friday, December 13, 2013

CHRISTMAS CALLING by Colleen L. Reece and Birdie L. Etchison

Christmas Calling is two Christmas Novellas
In 'Christmas Challenge' by Colleen L. Reece, Valerie Shannon O'Shea answers a newspaper ad that challenges a woman to live as a pioneer woman would have in the late 1880s. She travels to Montana to live out the challenge in a one room schoolhouse for one year. But that's also where she grew up and where her father was convicted of a crime he didn't commit and died in prison. It was also where she left her first love, Locke Stuart, behind. It was his father who was the judge that sent her father to prison. Will she live out her challenge, clear her father's name and perhaps run into Locke and remember that through it all the Lord is in control?

In 'Christmas Snow' by Birdie L. Etchison, Janie Montgomery is anxious to spend Christmas with her aunt in Spokane. On the way she finds herself in a ditch due to the snow. Greg Kincade is an EMT who comes to Janie's rescue and pulls her out of the ditch. He also gives her his card. That card comes in handy when she found herself in a ditch for a second time. Greg rescues her again and takes her to her aunt's house. Together they help Janie's aunt and Greg's brother decorate there houses. They also decorate the room of a special lady in Greg's life. Was it by chance the snow storm hit and Janie ended up in the ditch? Was it chance that Greg happened to come by at the right time? Or was the Lord orchestrating something as the beautiful as the freshly fallen snow?

Both of these stories are easy-to-read, heartwarming tales that just make you feel good. The characters in each story were fun to get to know and of course they centered around Christmas. Though they are short, the endings leave you completely satisfied. If you enjoy reading Christmas themed stories and are looking for a short Christmas book fix, you might just hear 'Christmas Calling' you!

*This complimentary copy was provided by Lovely Romance Press in exchange for an honest review*

Print Length: 165 pages
Publisher: www.lovelyromancepress.com, Lovely Romance Press (December 4, 2013)

For information on this book or other book by this publisher I recommend you visit Lovely Romance Press at http://www.lovelychristianromance.com/

Monday, December 9, 2013


Josh Teague is still haunted by memories from his time in Iraq. He's worked through a lot of things and is able to be a stable influence to his friends who are also vets. His desire is to find the girl God meant for him so he can love and share his life as well as the memories with her. He thinks Leann Robak just might be that person. But if he's honest with her about his moods and memories, will she stay with him? Leann Robak has abandonment issues because her father left when she was young and now her mother announced that she will be in Europe for Christmas. Josh invites Leann to spend Christmas with his family. She's excited but can tell he's holding something back. Can Josh trust Leann with his memories and can Leann trust Josh not to abandon her?

I really loved this story. We met Josh Teague in Battlefield of the Heart and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him better. What a great guy! You couldn't help but love him. Leann was such a loving person despite her insecurities. The author does a great job of allowing the reader to listen to each of their thoughts without taking away from their personal interaction and dialog together. I absolutely loved the Teague family. What loving folks they are, who just enjoy being together. It was fun to spend Christmas with them. The message that the Lord is always with us and working all things together for good was encouraging. Though I liked the ending, I really would have liked an Epilogue. I love relationship-driven stories and especially like lots of interaction between the lead couple. Battlefield of the Heart and Trust of the Heart both have that. I have really come to love the folks in these stories and am hoping that the author will have more in this series. I would love to see it continue!

File Size: 478 KB
Print Length: 218 pages
Publisher: Astraea Press (November 25, 2013)

To find out more about this book or other books by E.A. West, I encourage you to visit her website at http://eawest.mcphitty.com/

Friday, December 6, 2013


Detective Katie Randall has been trying to find her sister, Lucy, ever since she was kidnapped fourteen years ago. It's caused a break in the relationship with her mother and no matter what Katie does she just can win back her mother's love. She finally hires 'Finding the Lost' to help her. Jordan Grey is an FBI agent that works for Finding the Lost. He's assigned to Katie's case. The problem? Jordan's parents blame Katie for the death of Jordan's brother. Jordan knows it's not Katie's fault and would like to pursue a relationship with her but doesn't want to hurt his parents. As Katie and Jordan begin to piece together the truth of what happened life becomes very dangerous, maybe even deadly.

Christmas Cover-Up was a great romantic suspense. It's definitely a page-turner and is everything you expect to find from this author. It was not really clear just who it was until right near the end and that is always a plus for me. I thought I knew who it was but I was wrong! I thoroughly enjoyed Jordan and Katie's relationship. Both had problems they were dealing with and issues that were not easily solved. There was also great chemistry between them too. The author does a wonderful job showing that love is a gift, you can't earn it, just like you can't earn a gift. That's how God's love is toward us. Great message. This is the second book in the Family Reunions series but you can read it as a stand alone, although you'll find folks here from the previous story. Although this story takes place around Christmas it's not really a 'Christmasy' story, so you can read it any time. If you're looking for a great story to go along with the comfy chair and peppermint mocha latte, Christmas Cover-Up is a great choice.

Series: Love Inspired SuspenseFamily Reunions
Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired (December 3, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0373445741
ISBN-13: 978-0373445745

*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 Lynette Eason, I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.lynetteeason.com/

Saturday, November 30, 2013

HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY by Linda Baten Johnson

Elizabeth Carson would love to have a loving husband and family but feels her height, lack of beauty and quick tongue scares off every suitor. Then she receives a letter from her sister asking her to come to Texas to help her when the baby arrives and also hints that she may have found the perfect man for Elizabeth. That gave her hope that maybe the Lord did have someone for her. Jesse Lovett is sent by her sister and husband to gather some supplies as well as escort Elizabeth back to Texas. Trouble is, Jesse and Elizabeth get off to a bad start. They can't seem to get along. Jesse's not sure how Elizabeth will handle the trip, but when the need arises she surprises him and earns his respect. Will Texas hold the promise of a bright future? Will she find that special someone the Lord meant for her?

This was a very quick read but also very enjoyable. I enjoyed the banter between Jesse and Elizabeth. Elizabeth was a very relatable person. Especially if you've ever felt like you just didn't measure up to the standard of beauty. Jesse was a neat fella. I enjoyed how he handled things. Life on the plains was pretty rough and I think the author gives you a good feel for that. I thoroughly enjoyed the ending but was sad to see the last page. If you're looking for a quick feel-good kind of story then you may want go ahead and pick this one up to see if Elizabeth gets Her Christmas Cowboy!  Happy trails...

*This complimentary copy was provided by Lovely Romance Press in exchange for an honest review*

Paperback: 118 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 12, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1484074998
ISBN-13: 978-1484074992

 For information on this book or other book by this publisher I recommend you visit Lovely Romance Press at http://www.lovelychristianromance.com/

Friday, November 29, 2013


Anna Olsen becomes a mail-order bride and heads to Denver to meet her husband to be. She's only corresponded with Edward Parker a few times but hopes to form a great relationship with him in time. Edward is a clock maker and jeweler but more than that he is a perfectionist. Anna is very much a free spirit who would rather be with friends or rescuing hurt and abandon animals rather than doing chores. On their wedding day Edward handed Anna a list of her responsibilities around the house. Edward had a list too but what did his say? Can two very different people discover they're Perfectly Matched or will their differences pull them a part for good?
What a great mail-order bride story.  One of the things that I most appreciated about it was the relationship between Edward and Anna. The author did a fantastic job bringing out all the feelings and emotions of a newly married couple in a realistic way. After all, what do you find most on a newly married couples mind? If you've ever been married you know the answer to that question.  Edward and Anna were two really great people to get to know. It was fun watching them discover how very different they were and how those differences affected everyday life. I also admired how each of them sought to please the Lord in all they did. I enjoyed all the secondary characters, all of which were loaded with personality. I will say, that though this is the third book in The Blue Willow Brides Series, I didn't feel lost at all not having read the first two books. Through Anna's interest in helping animals the reader learns, along with Anna, some history about the ASPCA, which was interesting. If you enjoy an easy flowing story with lively characters (including the animals), lots of romantic tension (all very well done) then I highly recommend Perfectly Matched!

Series: The Blue Willow Brides (Book 3)
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Revell (October 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0800734645
ISBN-13: 978-0800734640

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

For more information about this book or Maggie Brendan's other books I encourage you to visit her website at http://maggiebrendan.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

SAVED BY GRACE by Amy A. Corron

Adam Pearson is on his way home after ten long years in prison. He's not sure returning to his hometown is the best idea but he would like the opportunity to show his mother, and the town, that God really can change a person; even someone like him. Dr. Grace Ellerton has just earned her doctorate in psychology when her best friend, Jillian, suggests they take an adventurous vacation. While traveling, they run across Adam walking along the road and ask if he'd like a ride. He reluctantly accepts, and they take him home. Jillian and Grace decide to stay in the area for the summer and rent a cottage. That's where Grace learns about the ranch that wants to help troubled kids. They need a psychologist and Grace realizes that God brought her here. Adam is trying hard to keep his foot on the narrow path and 'let his light shine' but it isn't long before trouble arises that puts Adam under suspicion. Grace wants to believe in Adam's innocence but she has trust issues. Adam warns Grace that one of the boys she's trying to help is not safe and admonishes her to be cautious. Can Adam protect Grace? Can Grace keep Adam from going to prison again? Most importantly, can they learn to trust God through even their darkest moments?

WOW! What a powerful story! I could not put it down. I was so happy to see this author writing again and when I realized this was part of the Northwoods Adventures Series, I knew I had to read it right away. Adam Pearson is a teen you meet in book one (Emma's Promise) of the series. He's one that you strongly dislike because of what he does to Emma. Can God really change a cold, black, angry heart? We easily say that He can, but do we really believe it? How do we then accept the return of that person into our midst? That's really what 'Saved by Grace' explores. I thought the author did a fantastic job of bringing to light all the feelings and emotions that would surround that type of situation, from both Adam's perspective as well as those around him. Emma has been a favorite character of mine and in this story she shines bright once again; living out what she says she believes. We should all strive to be like Emma. Grace was an honest and genuine person; you could see why Adam was drawn to her. I have to say, one character I was really disappointed in was Nate Sweeney, a local police officer. You also meet him in Emma's Promise and he appears throughout the series. I always liked Nate but here I found him to be harsh and quick to judge, especially for someone who says he's a Christian. Then again, can't we also be that way? If you're looking for a great story with living, breathing characters and a powerful message of hope, then I highly recommend Saved by Grace. Actually, I recommend the whole series (Emma's Promise, Penny from Heaven, Help Me, Rhonda, Winning Becca and Saved by Grace). This author has an easy writing style that will draw you into the story and hold you there until the very end. Great job Amy!!!

For more information on this book and other books by this author, I recommend you visit her website at https://amyacorron.wordpress.com/

Thursday, November 7, 2013


Taylor Harrison pours everything into Mugful's Beverage Company, where she works as CEO. When Granny Kay has a bad fall she asks Taylor to return home to oversee some house renovations as well as search for a treasured family heirloom; the sapphire ring that has been missing for fifty years. Knowing it means a lot to Granny Kay, she reluctantly decides to cash-in her unused vacation time to come help. Brent Roberts is in charge of the renovations and when he and Taylor first meet, well, things get off to a bad start. But Brent's kind and gentle ways get Taylor's attention. The more they see each other, the more comfortable they become. Brent would like a relationship with Taylor and though Taylor is interested, she is only focused on getting things completed for Granny Kay and getting back to her life and her job. Finding the ring, however, just might change everything.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Stone of Destiny. I enjoyed getting to know all the characters, except I have to admit that I didn't really like Taylor very much at first. She did grow on me though as the story went along. Brent was a terrific guy. A gentleman who expressed kindness is a tangible way and knew how to wait on the Lord. I loved Granny Kay. Everyone needs someone like her in their life. She always tried to point Taylor to the Lord. The relationship between Brent and Taylor is tender but definitely had some tension to it. The idea of finding what's important in life was well done. The Lord uses different things to get a persons attention and you see that done in Taylor's life. If you like hunting for a lost ring, renovating an old house and finding out what's really important in life, then you would enjoy Stone of Destiny.

Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Prism Book Group (September 6, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1940099153
ISBN-13: 978-1940099156

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

Sunday, October 27, 2013


Avery North is a detective in Atlanta, Georgia. She was investigating the death of an unidentified girl when they find another young girl dead. They discover that both girls have a tattoo on their shoulder of a magnolia. Because of that they suspect it's the work of a serial killer. Jackson Bryant is the medical examiner who is trying to help Avery solve the crimes. In trying to answer questions, Jackson discovers evidence that sends the case in another direction. One that was quite unexpected. As Avery and Jackson work together they also discover their relationship is much more than just a working one. Both have suffered deep pain and aren't sure they want to put their hearts on the line again. Can they put their trust in the only one who is unchangeable, even in the most painful changing moments?

Dangerous Passage was overall a good romantic suspense. It started off strong and pulls the reader in but I must admit that it seemed to lag a little in the middle. The last half of the book things started to pick up and the last quarter was especially good. There was a particular twist along the way that I didn't expect and was very surprised by it. You'll have to read the book to find out what it is. I enjoyed the characters. Avery was strong and capable but struggling with several things in her life. Jackson was a great guy. As a couple, they blended well together although I didn't fully feel the chemistry between them. They don't really spend a lot of time together which may be why I felt that way. I did enjoy the secondary characters. Avery's father and her partner, Mitch, in particular. I appreciated the message that God doesn't change. He is always the same no matter what we believe and no matter what happens. I also appreciated the author's note at the end. Although this story had a conclusion, there are some unanswered questions that I'm guessing will be explored in Book 2, Fatal Exchange, due out in Summer 2014. It's one that I plan on reading.

Series: Southern Crimes (Book 1)
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 080072190X
ISBN-13: 978-0800721909

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

For more information about this book or other books by Lisa Harris, I encourage you to visit her website http://www.lisaharriswrites.com/Welcome.html

Thursday, October 17, 2013

CHASING NORIE by Sophie Dawson

Norie Chase is returning home to Stones Creek after finishing school and taking care of her dying aunt. She loves her father's ranch and is anxious to once again ride her beautiful stallion across the open fields. You can imagine her surprise when she suddenly finds herself pulled from her horse. Norie pulls a knife on him only to find out it's Linc Pierce, her father's new foreman. He reprimands Norie for being on a horse that is dangerous. Norie explains to Linc that that has been her horse for a long time. As they get to know each other, Linc discovers that Norie can ride, throw knives and shoot better than most men he knows, but it's things that girls just shouldn't be doing. Norie is fed-up with the way Linc is always trying to keep her from what he thinks might be harmful. Why can't he see her for who she is? A friendly challenge between Linc and Norie just might be the answer.

Chasing Norie was an extremely fun story from start to finish. I fell in love with Norie and Linc in the first book (Leah's Peace) so was anxious to hear their tale. Chasing Norie and Leah's Peace are parallel stories which is really a neat way to do a series. It's basically the same story from a different point of view. I don't think I've read stories like that before but REALLY liked it. Linc and Norie are a hoot. Their banter and antics kept me smiling and even laughing out loud sometimes. Along with the laughter though, you'll find touching moments too. There was certainly a lot of chemistry between them, which is always a plus for me. For as spirited as Norie was, she always wanted to be pleasing to the Lord, which I appreciated. One person I really liked in this story was Norie's father, Wes. I thought the way he handled things was really neat. You have to read the story to understand what I mean. I honestly hated to see this tale come to an end but I did like the ending. If you enjoy books by Mary Connealy then I think you would definitely enjoy Chasing Norie.

Series: Stones Creek
Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 29, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1489593659
ISBN-13: 978-1489593658

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

For information on this book or Sophie Dawson's other books, I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.sophie-dawson.com/

Friday, October 11, 2013

UNSPOKEN by Dee Henderson

Charlotte Graham was once the victim of a kidnapping where she was held for four long years. Law enforcement killed her abductors and she was finally rescued. She changed her identity and tried to rebuild her life as best as she could. At no time however, did she say anything to anyone about what happened during those years. Along the way, Charlotte finds herself the recipient of an enormous inheritance from her grandfather. Some of which was in the form of old and rare coins. Bryce Bishop doesn't know Charlotte's past. He only knows she showed up in an unusual way and offered him to buy the coins. Bryce gets a call from Paul Falcon that Charlotte is who she says she is and the coins are real. Bryce is intrigued by Charlotte and they become friends. Those around Charlotte encourage the friendship. The more time he spends with her the more intrigued he is. She has made it very clear though, that she will remain single. She also struggles with her faith and is willing to turn down a sizable inheritance to keep her family safe. The more she's around Bryce the more she realizes what a good and kind man he is. But can she trust him enough to tell him the truth of what happened or will the words remain unspoken?

I thoroughly enjoyed Unspoken but I must say, it took me awhile to get into the story. I was probably a quarter of the way into the book before it got to the place where I felt it started getting good. It seemed like it was just a little to much detail about old coins. Once I got past that, it began to flow very nicely. I enjoyed seeing Ann and Paul again and they both played an active part in story, which I really enjoyed. Bryce was a swoon-worthy hero guaranteed to melt even the coldest of hearts. His kindness and patience toward Charlotte was awesome. Charlotte was really an interesting leading lady and one I enjoyed getting know. She was kind and very generous but only let a few people into her close circle. The interaction between Bryce and Charlotte was both fun and touching. John and Ellie played great supporting rolls. You'll find a lot of depth to the story where human emotion is concerned but also where faith is concerned. Charlotte's questions about God were completely understandable and I really liked the way Bryce answered them. Very well done. By the time I got to the end, I wasn't ready to close the book and say goodbye to these guys. I did, however, enjoy the ending. I would love to catch up with them again in say...the next book?!!!

Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0764211714
ISBN-13: 978-0764211713

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

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

LEAH'S PEACE by Sophie Dawson

Leah Daniels is ready for a fresh start. Following the death of her father, she moves to Stones Creek, Colorado to forget all the bad memories of helping her surgeon father treat the soldiers during the war. Her cousin Sara and Ben Cuttler are giving her a hand getting settled and helping her set up a dress shop. Dr. Eli Steele came to Stones Creek after his parents rejected him because of his war scars. They felt that no sophisticated person would feel comfortable being treated by a doctor with scars. When Leah meets Eli she is stunned! For she is the one responsible for his scars. Guilt causes her to avoid him. Eli is drawn to Leah and can't figure out why she is friendly to everyone but him. When circumstances throw Eli and Leah together, in a life-changing way, they learn what it means to trust God for a peace that only He can give.

Leah's Peace was a wonderful story, filled with folks that will win your heart, well, except for a few that is! It was a story that kept me completely captivated from the first page to the very last. Eli and Leah were great and had lots and lots of chemistry, which I love. Two characters that totally captured my attention were Nugget Ryder and Pastor Noah Preston. Both were wise men of God and yet totally unconventional. You really have to read the story to see what I mean. It was also fun to get acquainted with Linc and Norie. They are a hoot and have leading roles in book 2 (which I can't wait to read). The story had a wonderful mix of playfulness and seriousness. It dealt with some serious topics like PTSD, racism, hatred, and the effects of war, just to name a few. But along with that, you'll find encouragement seeing people helping people and watching God do great things through them. This is my first book by Sophie Dawson but I can promise that it won't be my last. She is certainly a gifted storyteller. I would highly recommend this to those who enjoy historical romances with lots of character interaction. Can't wait to read Chasing Norie!

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

Series: Stones Creek
Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 29, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1489593659
ISBN-13: 978-1489593658

For more information about this book or Sophie Dawson's other books, I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.sophie-dawson.com/

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

TRAPPED by Irene Hannon

Laura Griffith is a librarian whose quiet life changed when she gained custody of her sixteen-year-old sister, Darcy. Darcy thinks Laura has too many rules, so she leaves a note and decides to strike out on her own. She was suppose to take the bus to a friends in Chicago but a snowstorm delays her. She makes her way to a homeless shelter where she meets Mark Hamilton. Laura decides to hire PI James 'Dev' Devlin to help track down Darcy. Dev finds a couple of leads but it seems Darcy has disappeared. Dev knows with teen runaways, time is of the essence, but the deeper that Laura and Dev dig, the more Dev's gut tells him something very strange is going on. But will he figure it out before 'strange' turns to 'deadly'?

Trapped is a chilling, edge-of-your-seat, hard-to-put-down thriller that you will not want to miss! In Vanished, (book 1), we've gotten acquainted the folks at Phoenix, Inc., and although this story really revolves around Dev, you'll find all the players present. I thoroughly enjoyed the close camaraderie and banter they share. It's fun. Dev was a great guy and I liked how the author allowed the reader to hear what he was thinking. Laura was a great lady that I enjoyed getting to know. Together they had lots of chemistry. I must say that the villain in this story was really creepy and provided for some very intense moments. Whew! I liked how Laura's faith not only made a difference in her life but in the lives of others as well. Trapped is book two in the Private Justice series and my favorite so far. If you enjoy Dee Henderson, Anne Patrick or Lynette Eason then you would definitely enjoy this series. Now I'm looking forward to reading Deceived when it comes out.

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

Series: Private Justice (Book 2)
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0800721241
ISBN-13: 978-0800721244

For more information about this book or Irene Hannon's other books, I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.irenehannon.com/

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Layla Silver once spun dreams, back in high school, about someday settling down with Gage Cooper, but Gage wasn't a 'settle-down' kind of guy. He broke her heart and left Dawson to compete in the bull riding circuits. Layla had to grow up quick after her folks died and she's now alone trying to raise her rebellious brother, has a loan on the house she can barely pay working two jobs plus all the chores at home. It's getting to be to much. People would like to help but Layla has a hard time allowing people in. When Gage has an accident, he heads home to recover, over Christmas, with a whole new perspective on life. He knows he's done wrong in the past, and would like to make amends; a good place to start is with Layla Silver. Layla is stubborn about letting Gage help. She knows her heart could easily fall for the handsome cowboy once again and reminds herself that he's only in Dawson temporarily. Gage only wants to help Layla but finds she has him wishing for more than just lending a hand.

I've read quite-a-few in the Cooper Creek Series and have thoroughly enjoyed each one but I have to say that this is one of my favorites. I've wondered about Gage through the other stories and was looking forward to getting better acquainted. So, what's he really like? You'll have to read the story to find out. I loved all the interaction between Layla and Gage; especially the romantic tension, which is very appealing to me. As always, we get lots of family interaction complete with Cooper bantering, which I love. The Coopers are a warm and loving family and you just wish you could go to Dawson and enjoy one of Angie Cooper's great Sunday dinners. Yum! I appreciated the spiritual message of peace. The author reminds us that God gives us peace, not as the world gives it, so we're not to let our hearts be troubled or afraid. That was a big encouragement to Layla and Gage and to me as well. Something that's always a joy when visiting the Coopers is Granny Myrna. She is a great lady who is always exercising her matchmaking skills on the family but will she be successful with Gage and Layla? If you're looking for a great get-away, I highly recommend a trip to Dawson. Get to know the Coopers, you'll be very glad you did!

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

Publisher: Love Inspired (September 17, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373878435
ISBN-13: 978-0373878437

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

Monday, September 2, 2013

A DOCTOR FOR ABBY by Jeanie Smith Cash

Abigail Forrester is happy to have made her flight. Her happiness disappears when she hears the familiar voice of Dr. Nicholas Creighton, who just happens to be her ex-fiance. When they ground the flights due to a bad snow storm, Abigail decides to rent a car so she can make it to her grandparents house for the Christmas Eve festivities. Nick goes with her so she doesn't have to go alone. Nick broke Abby's heart and she's not willing to have a repeat performance. Will she still feel that way when she learns the truth?

This was a great little story. I had not read anything by this author but found her writing had an easy style to it. That made it a very enjoyable read. The characters were realistic and experienced struggles and heartaches just like the rest of us. I loved the way the Romans 8:28 verse "and we know all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose" was brought to life within the story. If you're looking for a good, quick and uplifting read than you should try A Doctor for Abby. Bring your coat though, the weather is a bit chilly!

File Size: 269 KB
Print Length: 57 pages

Saturday, August 31, 2013


Samantha Price loves her comfortable, organized lifestyle in New Orleans. As a bookstore owner, she loves finding adventure in many of the books she stocks on her shelves. That is, until she receives a desperate phone call from her brother asking her to wire him some money to get out of Brazil. When he doesn't pick up the money, she decides to go search for him. She realizes very quickly she's in big trouble. How can she find her brother when she doesn't know her way around or the language. Brock Slader comes to her rescue at the hotel and, though she's not sure she can trust him, she finally convinces him to be her guide. No amount of adventure books could have prepared Samantha for the things she would face. Most especially a trip through the Amazon with an imposing man like Brock. Brock and Samantha try to keep things strictly business but being in an untamed jungle has a way of changing a person.

Cover to cover, 'Dangerous Pursuit' treats the reader to an adventure through the Amazon Jungle. You'll find lots of danger, suspense and, of course, romance. It was great getting to know Brock and Samantha who were both alive with personality. The interaction between them was fun and full of romantic tension. Opposites attract, certainly rang true in this story. Though this isn't billed as Christian fiction, I would describe it as clean but edgy. If you've read 'Deadly Race' by this author, you'll know what I mean. The Protectors is a new series by Margaret Daley and I am looking forward to the next installment, Dangerous Interlude.

File Size: 478 KB
Print Length: 173 pages

For more information of this book or Margaret Daley's other books I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.margaretdaley.com/

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Miriam Hunter wants to live a normal life despite her deafness.  She's hopeful about that happening when she's asked to return to Stepping Stones, Maine, to be school principal.  But she's also apprehensive because of difficult childhood memories and the nightmares that now plague her.  Someone is smuggling drugs and the locals think Miriam is involved along with her interpreter.  The local sheriff calls on his DEA friend, Owen Matthews, to help solve the case.  Owen is drawn to Miriam and surprised to find out she's deaf, just like his son.  Miriam is drawn to Owen but she's sure he feels like everyone else, she can't do her job correctly because she's hearing impaired.  Owen wants to help her but someone is  very determined to get Miriam and her memories out of the picture, for good.  Can they figure out who before it's to late?

Katy Lee has spun a web that entangles the reader, right from the start,  in the lives of Miriam Hunter and Owen Matthews.  I found myself completely immersed in the story and left guessing, until the end, who was involved.  Miriam was a wonderful heroine.  One I could easily be friends with.  She had an inner strength that was admirable, especially when you discover the way she grew up.  Her faith was strong, yet she struggled, just like we do.  Owen was such a great guy.  Guilt was his whole world until he came face-to-face with Miriam, who challenged his thinking.  I loved watching these two together.  Lots of chemistry there!  You know, I was reminded that the Lord is faithful, even in difficult situations.  He always knows just what we need and when.  What an encouraging reminder.  Warning Signs was well written and delivers the perfect blend of action, suspense and romance that is sure to satisfy every reader.

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

Series: Love Inspired Suspense
Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired (October 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0373445598
ISBN-13: 978-0373445592

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

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Cindy Waymire is a college senior whose looking for a topic for her sociology paper. While headed for the student union one day, she meets Danny Flynn, in a most unusual way. Danny is an Army vet in his first year of college. Cindy decides to write her paper on how soldiers integrate themselves back into civilian life. Danny and all his veteran friends are very supportive and agree to help her with her research. Cindy and Danny are very drawn to one another but Danny has some serious issues with PTSD and flashbacks. To Cindy, it's kinda scary but when he's stable, he's the most loving, protective, attentive man she's ever met. Her feelings for Danny are strong but can she handle all that comes with loving him?

Wow! Such a powerful story. I don't think there is anyone out there who isn't familiar with PTSD, but unless someone you know is dealing with it, it's just a term. Battlefield of the Heart shows you what the reality of dealing with PTSD really means. How it affects the person who has it, as well as their family, girlfriend or spouse and friends. It shows how powerful love and support can be and the difference it can make in someones life. I love relationship-driven stories and that's just what I found here. I got totally lost in the lives of these folks, which to me, means great writing. I don't know if I would be as strong as Cindy, but when you're where God wants you to be you feel peace, just like Cindy did. She truly felt that the Lord wanted her with Danny. God gives each of us unique strengths and, looking at it from Danny's point of view, you understand how thankful he was that the Lord sent him Cindy. This really was a beautiful and inspirational story that I would definitely recommend. I hated to see it end and would love to have a follow-up of Danny and Cindy as well as their friends, who really became my friends too. Battlefield of the Heart is the perfect title for this unforgettable tale.
This is the first book I've read by this author and look forward to checking out her other available stories.

Print Length: 276 pages
Publisher: Astraea Press (April 1, 2013)

Friday, August 16, 2013

WHEN A SECRET KILLS by Lynette Eason

Jillian Carter left town ten years ago when she saw Senator Frank Hoffman commit murder. Now she's older and determined to return home and gain the evidence she needs to expose the truth of that night. Colton Brady has been looking for Jillian for the past 10 years. Now she's returned and she is as beautiful as ever, but what she's telling him just can't be true, can it? However, someone wants Jillian silenced forever. Colton finds himself needing to protect her and wanting to know the truth. Will they figure it all out or will it be too late?

Under the book description it says, "Get ready for the spine-tingling, nail-biting conclusion to an explosive series." I couldn't have said it better. I was looking forward to Jillian's story and what really happened that night. Jillian and Colton were great, very realistic characters. They each had a strong faith that just felt natural to me. I also liked Meg, who was very cute and made me smile more than once. The action was pretty much non-stop all the way through. There were times I couldn't read fast enough. The author did a wonderful job of bringing everything together at the end. In fact, I loved the ending which had a few unexpected twists that I really didn't anticipate. That's always a plus for me. This is a series that you definitely want to read in order. Each story has a conclusion but leaves you with an unsolved thread. When you read the books back to back it really reads like one big story. I liked that. If you enjoy romantic suspense, The Deadly Reunions Series is one you won't want to miss. Great characters, lots of suspense, sweet romance and, of course, explosions, gunshots and a few dead bodies make this a series you can't put down.

Series: Deadly Reunions (Book 3)
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Revell (May 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0800720091
ISBN-13: 978-0800720094 

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

For information about this book or other books by Lynette Eason, I encourage you to visit her website at http://lynetteeason.com/books.html

Friday, August 9, 2013

WINDFALL by Marriane Evans

Scott Allen and Sarah Rutherford both entered the Motown Master Chef Competition that's being held at Sal's Place. Both have wonderful culinary skills and both know just exactly how they will use their winnings. Despite the fact that each one will do their very best in wowing the judges with their dishes, only one can be the winner. But is that what's really important?

Great food and sweet romance, how can you go wrong? This was a great little bonus to the Sal's Place Series that was both touching and encouraging. Scott and Sarah were great to get to know and even though the story is short, you really feel like you got to know them. You learn a little of their history and what God can accomplish if you let Him. I have to say, that reading all about what the chef's were preparing made me hungry. I would have loved being a judge in that competition! Yum! So, don't miss this culinary delight. Windfall will definitely please your romantic palette!

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

Print Length: 37 pages
Publisher: Pelican Ventures Book Group (White Rose Publishing) (August 1, 2013)

For information about this book as well as other books by Marianne Evans, I recommend you visit her website at http://www.marianneevans.com/

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Serena Hopkins likes her job as medical examiner, but when she's called out to the scene of a murder, she not only discovers that the victim was a fellow classmate but the killer's MO looks hauntingly familiar. Dominic Allen, FBI agent assigned to the case, remembers Serena as the little girl who was his sister's friend. But Dominic discovers she not a little girl anymore, she's turned into a beautiful woman and he and Serena experience an immediate attraction. There's a killer on the loose and they must work together to figure out who it is before he strikes again. The secret Serena's keeping has put her next on killer's list. Can she trust Dominic enough to tell him the secret and can Dominic keep her from ending up as another victim?

This is 337 pages of high-octane suspense. So be prepared! You'll be turning pages like nobody's business while frequently looking over your shoulder! (Did you hear that noise?) I mean, you're dealing with a serial killer and, I've got to tell you, this author nailed the creepiness of that really well. I enjoyed the interaction between Serena and Dominic. Serena was a woman of inner strength. Dominic was a wonderful hero, strong yet gentle. They had a history together and it was great watching the development of there relationship. When the Heart Stops picks up about three weeks after "When the Smoke Clears" (a book I also recommend) so you'll definitely want to read this series in order. This story has a conclusion but also leaves you with unsolved issues that I'm sure will be solved in the final installment. Now I'm looking forward to reading "When a Secret Kills".

Series: Deadly Reunions (Book 2)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Revell; Original edition (October 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0800720083
ISBN-13: 978-0800720087

For information about this book or other books by Lynette Eason, I encourage you to visit her website at http://lynetteeason.com/books.html

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