Julia Miller goes to Lydia to spend time with her sister who is queen
there. One day she decides to go out unguarded and ends up being
attacked. Linus Murati is a royal guardsman whose assigned to watch over
Julia. He finds her and saves her life. But it wasn't just a random
attack. It seems that trouble has followed Julia from her home in the
states. But who is after Julia and why? As Linus and Julia begin
gathering clues as to who it might be behind the attempts on her life,
they begin to realize that seeds of love may be sprouting between them.
But nothing can come of it because of Linus's past. Or can it?
thoroughly enjoyed this story. It had danger, suspense and, of course,
romance. I liked that the story involved royalty. That was neat. I might
mention that this is part of a series and though I followed the story
fine, I feel it would have been better had I read the previous stories.
There are things that happened previously that I'm sure would have
enhanced this installment had I read them. It was fun getting to know
Julia and Linus. Julia had a lot of spunk but she was reasonable. I like
that in a heroine. Linus was a great guy who related well to Julia. His
steadfast faith had an impact on her. You don't know until the end who
was behind everything which for me is a plus. When you get the book, be
sure to read about the author at the very front. That is as enjoyable as
Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages Publisher: Love Inspired (March 5, 2013) ISBN-10: 037344530X ISBN-13: 978-0373445301
*This complimentary copy was provided by Harlequin in exchange for an honest review*
Jennifer Foster's life isn't what she thought it'd be. She's given up a
lot to help her father with her troubled mother. She pours herself into
her customers at Sal's Diner. She loves visiting the folks who come
there and they love her friendly and affectionate smile she serves up to
each and every one. Ryan Douglass, along with his partner, stop into
Sal's for their lunch break. The two police officers get seated in
Jennifer's section. Ryan and Jennifer share an immediate connection. (I
loved their initial meeting!) When a robbery occurs, Ryan takes control
of the situation, then takes care of Jennifer. He feels drawn to care
for her and protect her. But Jennifer knows they have no future with all
the problems in her life. And once Ryan knows about her family he'll
run the other way. Ryan has his own family issues. Ones he learned to
deal with by God's grace. Will Jennifer learn from Ryan that all things
are possible with God, or will her pride get in the way?
This was truly an upbeat story with an emotional punch. I loved visiting Sal's
Place! What a warm and friendly place to be. I could smell Sal's
wonderful cooking and hear the hustle bustle of the restaurant. Although
Ryan is a policeman and sworn to uphold the law, he will definitely
'steal' your heart! What a great guy. Jennifer was such a sweet lady and
had such tender heart. Each of their situations is emotionally
challenging but you see how different each one deals with those
challenges. Does it make a difference to rely on the Lord for strength
and help? Can you find peace in difficult times? You'll find out when
you read Search & Rescue. If you like loveable characters, then I
recommend you drop by Sal's Place for a heapin' helpin' of love and
romance served up with a side of faith and topped with bits of humor
and sass! You'll be glad you did.
This is the first book in the Sal's Place series and is due out February 8.
*This complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review* For information on this book as well as other books by Marianne Evans, I recommend you visit the author's website: http://www.marianneevans.com/
Ten years ago Lisa Young and Rich McConaughey got married with dreams
for a happily-ever-after. Then problems arose and parents got involved
and they ended up divorced (or so they thought). Rich left town while
Lisa stayed. Now Rich has come home to inform Lisa that technically they
are still married. Rich finds his feelings for Lisa haven't changed at
all. But his parents sure have. His mom is trying to look younger and
his dad has gone off with his secretary. Lisa's feelings for Rich are
still strong but she knows his family will never accept her. She also
struggles with running the family hardware store. She appreciates the
confidence her father has in her, but she hates it. She harbors a dream
that will probably never come true. Will Rich and Lisa sign the divorce
papers and move on or will the Lord show them that He just might have
something else in mind for them?
Legally Wed was a great story
with an unusual twist. I found it interesting that Rich and Lisa thought
they were divorced for ten years and when Rich returns home to finalize
the divorce is when the story really begins. You immediately feel the
chemistry between Rich and Lisa when he shows up at her hardware store.
Along with Rich and Lisa, you have Rich's parents (Mildred and Mike) who
are having marriage problems as well. I like the way the author shows
you that even a marriage of over thirty years can have major problems.
Marriage is something precious you need to care for and protect.
Otherwise it can be damaged or even lost. One thing I did have a
difficult time with was Mildred's emotions toward Mike's behavior. It
seemed a little understated for what was going on. But I also have to
remember that everyone reacts differently to things. Emotions are very
tricky. One thing I really enjoyed was the way Lisa's dad dealt with
Mildred. It was very cute. You have to read the story to understand. So,
how does it all work out? Grab your copy of Legally Wed and find out!
Kendall Haynes is a successful family doctor most especially helping
kids with severe allergies. But at thirty-six she thought she would have
not only her career but a husband and kids as well. Her life isn't
turning out like the fairy-tales her grandmother used to read her. She
knows God has a plan for her but she just can't figure out what that is.
She's growing tired of the 'wish-I-may-wish-I-might' dreams. Griffin
Walker is an Air Force pilot whose been grounded because of health. On
top of that, he finds himself guardian of his teenage brother, Ian,
because of the death of their parents. Griffin is overwhelmed with all
that's going on in his life. To make matters worse, Griffin finds
himself intrigued by the good Dr. Kendall. She's strong yet
tenderhearted and different from any other woman he's ever known. But he
sure isn't looking for love. He's planning on remaining single. Will
Griffin and Kendall both learn that they may plan their way, but the
Lord directs their steps.
What do you do when your life isn't
what you thought it would be? The author does a wonderful job of
exploring that question in Catch a Falling Star. The title and the cover
are great and perfectly depict the essence of the story. You are drawn
into this delightful tale from the very first page and it holds you
there until you find out how it ends. And I've got to tell you, it had
an ending that I absolutely adored! You'll meet lots of great characters
who will stay with you long after you close the book. I thoroughly
enjoy Beth Vogt's writing style. It's clean and fresh like a springtime
morning. I appreciated the reminder that sometimes we need to let go of
what 'we' want to see what 'God' has for us. That's not always easy. So,
grab a cup of coffee, have a seat on the back porch and Catch a Falling
Star! You'll be glad you did!
*This complimentary copy was provided by Howard Book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (May 7, 2013) ISBN-10: 1451660278 ISBN-13: 978-1451660272
Margaret O'Brien grew up a rancher's daughter and can handle the hard
work as good as any man. She learned to love the land because she's sure
no man would ever want her. She's not dainty and pretty like other
women. Her father wants more for Margaret than working herself from dawn
to dust. So to help out, he hires Daniel Cutler as foreman. She doesn't
want a foreman and isn't convinced Daniel can do the work. Then she
overhears a conversation that leads her to believe Daniel's part of a
gang of bank robbers. He tells her he's not involved but she knows there
are things he's not telling her. But how can a bank robber talk so
confidently about his faith in God and treat her with such kindness?
When tragedy strikes will Margaret be able to not only trust God but
trust the man who still raises her suspicions but one she's also coming
I thoroughly enjoyed Safe in His Arms. I remember
getting to know Margaret in Blue Moon Promise and was excited to hear
her story. Margaret is not your typical leading lady. She doesn't feel
very womanly or attractive but instead very awkward. If you have ever
felt self-conscience about something then you can easily relate to
Margaret. Daniel was the perfect leading man. I loved the way he
encouraged Margaret but I also liked that her strength didn't intimidate
him. The chemistry between them was terrific. I loved it! The story is
filled with twists and turns, danger, suspense and of course romance.
One thing I really liked was that Nate and Lucy (from Blue Moon Promise)
are very much a part of the story. I also loved how the author lets the
reader know that God made each of us different and beautiful and He
loves us as we are, warts and all! Beauty is much more than your outward
appearance. This is book 2 in the Under Texas Stars Series. You can
read it as a stand alone but I highly recommend reading Blue Moon
Promise first. So hurry on down to Texas. Danger may be lurking, but
don't worry you'll be Safe in His Arms!
*This complimentary copy provided by Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 29, 2013) ISBN-10: 1595549145 ISBN-13: 978-1595549143
After Rita and Sandifer Ferguson's mother passes away they begin to sort
through her things in preparation of selling her home. They are shocked
to find an old envelope in the back of the closet containing a
Certificate of Divorce. Rita and Sandifer are complete opposites about
pretty much everything, but they do agree on a couple of things. One,
neither of them knew about their mother's previous marriage and two,
they both want to find their mom's first husband. As they search for
information they gain much more than just the knowledge of family they
didn't know they had.
Lesser Angels is subtitled, 'Finding What
You Didn't Know Was Lost' and I think that's a great summation of the
story. It begins with the death of Pauline (Rita and Sandifer's mother)
and continues with flashbacks to the WWII era where Pauline tells her
story. You also learn through further flashbacks, the stories of several
other key people and how they all fit together. Rita and Sandifer share
reflective moments with the readers and we see just how profound those
reflective moments can be in their lives. The story brings to light the
reality of people. I was reminded that we all have sinned and fall short
of the Glory of God. But I was also reminded that the Lord is always
working in our lives. Sometimes through those lesser angels. Though this
is a very poignant story, it does have lots of tongue-in-cheek type
humor which I thoroughly enjoyed. I must say I particularly liked the
way it ended though an epilog would have been great. Lesser Angels is a
fiction story with its root of truth from the authors own experience.
So... how well do you know your parents?
Piper McKenna is thrilled that her wayward brother Reef has returned
home, until she sees him covered in blood. A girl in the snowboarding
competition has been killed and two other snowboarders see Reef with
her and the murder weapon. They assume he's guilty. Reef swears he's
innocent and though the evidence against him is overwhelming, Piper
believes he's telling the truth. Deputy Landon Grainger loves the
McKenna family and is heartbroken when he has to arrest Reef. He vows to
find the truth but he also knows from personal experience that those
close to you can deceive you. Piper, Landon and the rest of the
McKenna's get frustrated as the sheriff seems more interested in pushing
the case ahead then finding out the truth. Landon risks his career to
not only help Piper but to protect her as well. Their close friendship
seems to be changing into something much deeper. Slowly they push ahead
gathering clue after clue. But it's very clear someone doesn't want them
to find the truth.
This well-written thriller is making my
favorites list! I thoroughly enjoyed Piper and Landon in Submerged so I
was very anxious to read Shattered. I absolutely loved it! First let me
say that the dynamics of the whole McKenna family was amazing. It was so
much fun! They're a close-knit family and the way they interact with
each other just draws you in. Piper and Landon are an excellent leading
couple. The chemistry between them was 'ooh la la'! I loved their
bantering which was both funny and touching. I enjoyed watching them get
right to the edge of expressing their feelings. It caused me to hold my
breath! I must say, you'll find lots of great bantering and chemistry
between all the characters. That, for me, is what sent it to my
favorites list! I liked the message that people can change through the
transforming power of Christ! Even the greatest of sinners. We're also
reminded that being a Christian doesn't make our journey easy, in fact,
it probably won't be, but you can have the confidence that it will be
filled with purpose and at it's end an eternal paradise. That's hope!
This was one of those stories that you just don't want to end, but what a
great ending it was! I HIGHLY recommend Shattered! I will be tappin' my
toes waiting to see which McKenna will be next! I can't wait! Great
job, Dani Pettrey!
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