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

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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.

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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!!!

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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*

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