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*
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
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.
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!!!
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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