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!
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!
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*
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
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?
'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?
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*
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?
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!
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.
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*
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