Monday, December 22, 2014


Emma Sutton is a morning television host whom everyone loves, that is until she mentions how much she hates Christmas.  The network fires her but states she can have her job back if she produces a heartwarming holiday story.  So Emma goes back home to Sugar Creek and is offered the job of Christmas event planner for the town to help draw visitors.   Emma knows this is the perfect way to get her story, until she meets the mayor; who is also her boss.  Noah Kincaid is not only Sugar Creek's new mayor but also Emma's ex-fiance.  He loves the town and it's people; most especially Emma Sutton.  Emma broke their engagement ten years ago and left Noah behind to pursue her dream.  Noah doesn't really want to work with Emma but wants to show her a good side of Christmas.  But as they spend time together working on the Christmas event, old feelings resurface.   Can Emma let go of past hurts and finally find contentment not only with Christmas but also with the one man left behind.

I thoroughly enjoyed A Sugar Creek Christmas with it's small town charm and quirky characters.   The snappy dialog will keep you turning pages and sometimes even laughing out loud, although is does have some very touching moments too.  Noah and Emma, as well as  the other town's folks will quickly worm their way into your heart.  They come across as real and genuine.  There was a honesty about this story that I really appreciated.  This is a novella but I felt fully satisfied when I came to the end of the book.  It sounds like there will be other stories set in Sugar Creek which I'm really looking forward to.   This book has a charming cover that beckons you to pay a visit to this quaint little town.  I recommend you go and get acquainted with the folks in Sugar Creek.  You'll be glad you did.

For more information about this book or other books by this author, I recommend you visit her website at

Thursday, December 11, 2014

ALL IS CALM by Colleen Coble

Lauren Everman seeks refuge at the Bluebird Ranch after she witnesses a murder but also to save a horse.  As a foster child who once experienced Bluebird Ranch first hand, she knows what a sweet haven it is.  Lauren offers to help Rick and Allie with the horses and also with kids who want to learn to ride.  Carly, a little five year who's shy and quiet, tugs at Lauren's heart.  Brendan Waddell finds himself at Bluebird Ranch over holidays to rest and recover from a gunshot wound.  When Brendan and Lauren meet the attraction is strong.  As they work together to find the truth as well as give Carly a very special Christmas, the attraction turns to something a little deeper.  The killer, however, just might not allow Lauren to celebrate Christmas.

All Is Calm is a Christmas story Colleen Coble style with mystery, suspense and of course, romance!  You are immediately drawn into the story and don't want to put it down until the very end.  I loved getting to know Lauren, Brendan and little Carly, all of whom were fully fleshed out.  You'll find lots of great chemistry between Brendan and Lauren which I thoroughly enjoyed.  The Lonestar Series is one of my favorites so when I saw All Is Calm, I new it was a must read.  It was such fun to return to the ranch and catch up with Rick and Allie again.  A message of faith and trust in God is woven throughout the story, which I appreciated.  Though this is a novella, to me it didn't feel that way.  Other than wanting the story to continue, I felt completely satisfied.  So, if you're looking for a quick Christmas read with mystery, suspense and romance, I recommend you head on over to the Bluebird Ranch, where All Is Calm...or is it??

For information about this book or other books by Colleen Coble, I recommend you visit her website site at

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Callie Gentry was devastated when her father left her mother for another woman. She runs the ranch with her mom and though she would like to be married, she knows she could never trust a man because of what her father did. Dustin Lockwood has always loved Callie, so when a friend asked him to take over his job on the Gentry's ranch over Christmas, he jumped at the chance. When Callie gets stuck in the snow and Dustin comes to her rescue, she finds herself struggling with the strong feelings she's always had for him. Men always leave and she won't be a victim like her mother. Can Dustin convince her that not all men are like her father?

A Cowboy for Christmas was a cute and romantic Christmas story and one I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I liked getting to know Dustin and Callie and their history together. You could definitely understand whey Callie felt the way she did. It was sweet watching how Dustin interacted with her. This story had a faith-thread running through it and was so uplifting. Though it was a novella, I felt completely satisfied when I got to the end of the story; and I will say I loved the ending. So does Callie get 'A Cowboy for Christmas'? Guess you'll have to read it and find out!

For more information about this book or other books by Debra Ullrick I recommend you visit her website at

Saturday, December 6, 2014

SNOWFLAKE KISSES by Marianne Evans

Jackson Merritt travels to London on business for Colby Intellilink but he's also anxious to see his friend, Peter Colby. Before his first day is done, he finds himself rescuing a beautiful woman, who just happens to be Vanessa Colby. Vanessa is a personal shopper for Harrods and loves her job. She's content with her life right now, that is, until the handsome Jackson Merritt comes to her rescue. They both experience a mutual attraction and things are going pretty well, that is, until a woman from Jackson's past shows up unexpectedly in London.

I read and loved "Finding Home" so when "Snowflake Kisses" appeared, I knew it was a must-read! You'll be immediately drawn into the story and before you know it you're experiencing the sites and sounds of London. Finding Home is where we first get acquainted with Vanessa Colby. Snowflake Kisses is her story and I must say I loved catching up with her. It was also great fun seeing Peter and Lexie again as well. Jackson was a great guy. Strong and reserved yet tenderhearted. Vanessa was someone who would make a wonderful friend. Strong and loyal yet willing to speak the truth. Seeing how her new-found faith affected those around her was inspiring! I loved the chemistry between Jackson and Vanessa; it was tantalizing. One thing I appreciated about Vanessa was her discernment and the way she listened to the Lord's prompting. It was encouraging to me. So, would you like to spend Christmas in London? Snowflake Kisses is the perfect way to do that without ever having to leave your comfy chair.

For more information about this book or other books by Marianne Evans, I encourage you to visit her website at

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Chaney Michum's dream of being an Olympic skater was crush, along with her heart, when Conner Weddington, her partner, just left town. Chaney is now raising her niece and coaching young skaters helping them reach their dreams. Conner was devastated when his mother passed away on Christmas Day but even more so when his father forced him to give up his dream. He's now returned home from the Army and working as an auto mechanic while trying to clean out and sell his father's house. When Conner and Chaney meet again, they find that though a lot has changed, their feelings for each other haven't. Will faith and forgiveness be strong enough to perhaps make this Christmas one that's unforgettable?

Christmas in the Rink is such a great little story. Filled with loveable characters, snappy dialog and a theme that everyone can relate to. It's not easy to come home sometimes, especially if you left in a troubled way, but I really found myself admiring Chaney for how she handled the situation. I'm reminded that we plan our way but the Lord directs our steps. One thing I thoroughly enjoyed was the chemistry between Conner and Chaney. It radiated off the pages. Though this is a novella, it really didn't read like one. I felt completely satisfied as I came to the end. I must say too, the cover just begs you to open the book! And once you do, you won't be disappointed if you spend "Christmas in the Rink".

For more information about this book or other books by Dora Hiers, I recommend you visit her website at

Sunday, November 30, 2014

SILVER BELLS by Debby Mayne

Carol Scheirer is a widow who never thought she would find love again, that is until her feelings began to change for Alex Knight, her late husbands best friend. Alex has always been a close friend to Carol but lately he's been helping her with some family issues. He's a great guy and she would like to let her heart love again but she feels she need to have the blessing of her grown children. Can Carol and Alex work through the family issues and find the love and happiness they long for?

Silver Bells is an enjoyable, easy read. While most stories center around young people falling in love, this story was about two people of retirement age. That was a different dynamic that I enjoyed. Alex was a man of strong faith who waited on the Lord. I liked the way he influenced those around him and how it affected Carol and her family. If you're looking for a quick, enjoyable read you might try Silver Bells.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Serena Gray, who is recently widowed, moves closer to her mother who is dealing with the early stages Alzheimer. She receives a letter addressed to her late husband letting him know he has a daughter he knew nothing about. Serena's job as an ER nurse can be emotional, but when a child experiences a brush with death and later recounts to Serena a dream he had with a message meant for her, it's downright unnerving. Serena would like to find her late husband's daughter but only knows her first name is Nicky. Adam Knox is the principal of a school and raising his daughter as best as he can since his wife died of cancer. When Serena meets Adam they are drawn to each other. She finds it interesting that his daughter's name is Nicky but when she finds out that Adam's wife's name was the same as the woman who wrote the letter, she's knows this is the daughter from the letter. As Adam and Serena begin to date and find themselves building a close relationship, Serena knows that the truth about the letter stands between them. Should she tell Adam about it or not?

Postmarked Ever After is a sweet story about love, loss and a second chance at love. You'll find characters that are easy to relate to and a believable storyline that causes you to keep reading. What made this story such a pleasure to read was that it wasn't loaded with tons of conflict. It played out very well and you find yourself rooting for the lead couple as they find their way. The message that the Lord's time is perfect was well done and an encouragement to the reader. We don't always understand why things happen the way they do, but we know that whatever happens, God is always guiding us through, if we ask him. If your looking for and enjoyable Christian romance with a good message than I recommend you pick up Postmarked Ever After.

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

For more information about this story or other stories by this author, I recommend you visit her website at

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Breezy Hernandez has never really had a home. Now she finds herself in Martin's Crossing where her late brother left her a house and joint custody of his twin daughters. She is to share custody with Jake Martin; a very tall, handsome, intimidating Rancher. Jake Martin has always been responsible from the time he was young. He has a hard time trusting, most especially women. He's leery of Breezy because he knows she doesn't stay in one place very long. Breezy would love to have a home and a family but knows that's just not possible for her especially with someone like Jake. As they work together caring for the twins they find themselves drawn to each other. Will Jake open his heart to Breezy and learn to trust her? Will Breezy find the home she's looking for or will she move on?

I loved this story. It's one that just warms your heart through and through but also had a touch of mystery. I have read several books in the Cooper Creek Series and was sad to see it end. But for the Cooper Creek fans out there, you'll be happy to know that Martin's Crossing is just as good. As a bonus, Breezy (Mia's sister) was the main character in this story and you'll get to catch up with a few familiar faces from Cooper Creek, which was fun. I appreciated how the author tied them together. The folks in Martin's Crossing will quickly find their way into your heart as you get to know them. The Martin brothers as well as the secondary characters were fun and endearing. I loved the chemistry between Jake and Breezy. You can just feel it radiate off the pages. As I was reading I was reminded of how the Lord watches out for us and that he makes everything beautiful in His time. He makes beauty from ashes. A Rancher for Christmas is a wonderful story that will put you in the Christmas mood. This is book 1 in the new Martin's Crossing series. And how about that cover? I loved spending Christmas in Martin's Crossing and look forward to going back again real soon!!! So, throw a log on the fire, grab a cup of cocoa, curl up and find out if Breezy gets 'A Rancher for Christmas'.

*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 Brenda Minton, I encourage you to visit her website at

Series: Love InspiredMartin's Crossing
Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired (November 18, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0373879261
ISBN-13: 978-0373879267

Friday, November 7, 2014


Clay Starke is a deputy who returns home to find out who murdered his brother, Steve. He's not suppose to be investigating the case officially, but he's hoping to find out information along the way. Sabrina Mayfield is a social worker who was friends with Steve. When a young man calls her for help she responds and finds he's disappeared. Clay and Sabrina find themselves working together to try to figure out what happened and how it's connected to Steve's murder. They also find that they've become targets of the murderer. Will they manage to figure out who the killer is before it's too late?

The Lawman Returns was a good story. I enjoyed the suspense and the unexpected twists and turns. I also enjoyed getting to know Clay and Sabrina, but I didn't really feel any chemistry between them. There were some good romantic moments but to me, it felt like something was missing. The story itself keeps you interested as you try and figure out who killed Steve. I thought the author did a good job dealing with some complex family issues and how the faith and kindness of someone can make a difference in someone's life. This looks like a Christmas story and it does have some 'Christmas' in it but you could read it any time of the year and enjoy it.

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

Series: Love Inspired SuspenseWrangler's Corner
Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired (October 7, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0373446241
ISBN-13: 978-0373446247

For more information about this book or other books by this author I encourage you to visit her website at

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

MONTANA DAWN by Caroline Fyffe (Audio Version)

Faith is pregnant and on the run with her stepson, Colton. After her abusive husband dies she wants to get away or they will force her to marry his brother, Ward, who's even meaner. The wagon gets stuck and she goes into labor. Luke McCutcheon and his brothers are driving cattle back to their ranch. As he's scouting around he finds Faith's wagon and here's the noises she making. He enters the wagon to see what's going on and gets hit on the head. When he comes-to he tries to explain to Colton that he's one of the good-guys and wants to help his mom. He delivers Faith's baby and they tell her she can come to the ranch to gain strength. As they are heading back they run into Ward. Luke can see the fear in Faith's and Colton's eyes but she won't talk to him. Ward is mean and true to his threats. Faith and Colton have come to love being at the ranch but she knows what Ward is capable of. He has something hanging over her head and will use it if she doesn't go along with him.

Montana Dawn was an enjoyable story but I must confess that Faith made me a bit crazy.  I liked her as a person and you could certainly understand her ambivalence in trusting Luke considering her life's situation, but her time at the ranch and with Luke and his brothers should have proved to her that she could trust him. They never gave her any reason not to. I guess fear affects everyone different.  One thing I really did like was the McCutcheon family. They were such a tight-knit family and really cared for one another. There was one particular part that was so touching where Luke told his sister that we all get hankerings but she needed to wait for the right one and until they married first.  Although this is not considered Christian Fiction,  I respect this author for keeping the story clean (other than a few 'words') and even giving some very good advice!

For this review I listened to the audio version of the Montana Dawn.  The narrator did a great job of bringing the story to life and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole listening experience.  This is great if your driving, want to relax in bed or just too busy to actually sit down and 'read' a book.  I would definitely recommend the audible version of Montana Dawn!

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

To find out more about this book or other books by Caroline Fyffe, I recommend you visit her website at

Sunday, November 2, 2014


Caleb O'Malley witnesses the murder of a friend and is badly wounded in the process. He escapes but the cold and his wound is taking its toll. Rebecca Thurston is alerted by her dog that something is in the woods. When she investigates, she discovers it's Caleb. He was once a close childhood friend but Rebecca blames him for the accident that changed her life. She knows she must help him or he'll die, but she has no idea what helping him will mean to her future. Caleb has been plagued with guilt about the accident that changed the lives of his two best friends. Now he has brought trouble to Rebecca once again. Because they have been alone together (except for Rebecca's younger sister) for more than a week while she nursed him back to health, the town is demanding that they marry. Neither one wants to do that but Caleb doesn't want Rebecca or her sister to be the topic of gossip and he wants to somehow make up for the past by taking care of her now. The more time they spend together, the more they realize how much each of them has changed. Have they changed enough to forge out a future together or will they settle for only keeping the terms of their agreement?

Married by Christmas is an excellent story! Karen Kirst really has a remarkable talent for writing a heartwarming story, loaded with lots of romantic tension, lively characters and even some edge-of-your-seat moments. I read the first book in the Smokey Mountain Series (The Reluctant Outlaw) awhile ago and just loved it. When I saw this was up for review, I knew it was a must read. I can only say that I absolutely loved it! Caleb is a tortured hero who is haunted by past mistakes. His kind and gentle ways made him completely swoon-worthy! Rebecca was a woman of great strength and spunk, yet she really had a soft and tender heart. Together they were pure magic! I loved the whole theme of forgiveness and second chances running through the story. We know that the Lord forgives us, but sometimes it's hard for us to let our mistakes go. The verse listed in the beginning of the story was Lamentations 3:22-23 "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." That really fits the story well. I also enjoyed the element of danger in the story and thought it was nicely played. The O'Malley's are a great group and I now want to go back and read the ones I missed. Married by Christmas is a story with Christmas in it but can be enjoyed any time of the year. It's one I highly recommend and one I would definitely read again.

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

Series: Love Inspired HistoricalSmoky Mountain Matches
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired (October 7, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0373282834
ISBN-13: 978-0373282838

For more information about this book or other books by this author, I recommend you visit her website at

Friday, October 31, 2014


Sadie McAllister is a great cook and loves being a personal chef to some very appreciative clients.   But she just can't seem to cook-up any romance in her life, although she's tried.  Erik Davis is a great guy with a great sense of humor and although he has no trouble finding a girlfriend, no one seems to be the 'right one'.  Erik and Sadie have been best friends for years.  They enjoy each others company and always have each others backs.  Erik especially enjoys his once-a-week meals with Sadie.  When the family Sadie works for decides to move out west they invite Sadie to move with them.  Erik realizes that in looking for the right one, he may have missed the obvious.  Sadie knows moving would be a great opportunity for her but is she willing to leave her home behind; not to mention Erik, who just might be her future.  Can the love between two best friends turn into to something much deeper?

This was a great little story.  I enjoyed getting to know Sadie and Erik.  Both were fun-loving and down-to-earth in spite of the fact that they've both had some pretty deep hurts.  Hurts that have made them cautious.  I just loved how Sadie's friend Mel, and Erik's friend Phillip played an important roll in each of their lives.  It's a good reminder that having a good friend is as important as being a good friend; someone who knows you really well and will be honest with you, even if it's not what you want to hear.  So, how does it all turn out?  I recommend you pick up A November Bride and find out!  The story is sure to warm your heart on a chilly November day!

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

For more information on this book or other books by this author, I recommend you visit her website at

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MATTEO'S TREATURE by Anna Dynowski

Matteo Moretti loves his fast-paced career as CEO for a large company but is blindsided when the owner tells him he's letting him go to make room for his daughter (who happens to date Matteo).  Matteo is furious.  He knows he can get another job but first he must to take his turn on the Triple-M Farm.  He's a three-piece-suite kind of guy, definitely not a cowboy, but it would be a chance to get away and rethink his future.  The one thing he didn't count on was a housekeeper named Bianca Fielding, or her two very cute children, who have taken a personal interest in him.  Bianca has a way of stirring things inside Matteo he didn't know existed and wishing for things he didn't know he wanted.  All he has to do is fulfill the terms of the will and he can get on with his life and forget about the Triple-M, or will a ride on Midnight Magic change everything?

I thoroughly enjoyed Matteo's Treasure.  It's a fun story that's packed with some great romantic tension as well as some great spiritual wisdom.  You will just love Matteo and Bianca as well as Bianca's two children.   They are so full-of-life yet flawed, just like we are. No perfect people here!   I like the way Bianca and Matteo each influenced the others life but in different ways.   Seeing all the brothers together was great fun; I like the way they interacted together.  Triple-M is also home to some very spirited horses that you will get to meet.  This is the third book in The Moretti Men Series and although I have enjoyed the other two books (Micah's Jewel and Merek's Gift) I think this was my favorite in the series.  So...what is Matteo's Treasure?  I recommend you head on over to the Triple-M, grab some coffee and find out.

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

Series: Moretti Men
Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: Cambridge Books (June 27, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1613861451
ISBN-13: 978-1613861455

For more information about this book or other books by Anna Dynowski, I encourage you to visit her website at

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Kailyn Eudailey is terrified when she witnesses her best friend, Gabby Flores, being murdered by her Mexican Mafia husband, Esteban Flores. She quickly finds herself in the witness protection program with agent Steve Matthews, until she can testify against Flores. Steve calls on his adopted son, Agent Aaron Matthews to help hide her. Sparks fly when they meet because she recognizes him as Rafael Chavez, one of Flores' men. The last thing Aaron wants is to have to deal with a spoiled southern bell! When the mafia comes after her, Aaron whisks her away to the one place he thinks they'll never find them, the place of his true heritage, the Navajo Reservation. He's sure, given Kailyn's high society background, that she'll have a hard time adjusting to the simple way of life, but with each passing day, she surprises him with the way she's fitting in and winning over everyone she meets. Their 'cover' is feeling more and more real everyday and Aaron seems to be losing his heart. His job is to protect her but he's having a hard time protecting his heart. Kailyn is not only falling in love with Aaron, but also with the peaceful way of life on the 'Rez'. Danger however, is lurking just around and from where you least expect it. Kailyn's faith will be tested to it's limit and Aaron just might find himself having to trust the God he thinks has failed him.

Under a Turquoise Sky will immediately draw you in and won't let you go until the last page is turned. You'll find action, suspense and of course, romance. I totally fell in love with Kailyn and Aaron. Kailyn is someone you can't help but like and wish you had her for a friend. She's so good hearted and genuine. Aaron was one of those heroes you just gravitate to. He's strong, capable and rough around the edges, yet deep down his heart is tender. Together these two were explosive. I absolutely loved ALL the romantic tension and snappy dialog between them. It was great! One thing that I really appreciated was the way Kailyn's faith made a difference in people's lives, especially Aaron's. I also appreciated that though folks on the reservation were believers, they still maintained their heritage. I will say that there were a couple of places in the story that made me wonder why Kailyn or Aaron acted the way they they did, but in no way did it distract me from the story itself. This is the first thing I've read by Lisa Carter but I can assure you it won't be my last. I have just added her to my 'favorite authors' list! If you enjoy a good romantic suspense, loaded with lots of great romantic tension, then I definitely recommend you look... Under a Turquoise Sky.

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

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (September 2, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1426758022
ISBN-13: 978-1426758027
For more information about this book or other books by Lisa Carter I recommend you visit her website at

Saturday, September 20, 2014

ON THE WINGS OF THE EAGLE by Kathleen Sherwood

Jack, Katie Beth and Charlie grew up together and are all anxious to graduate and begin the next phase in their life. For Jack it's college, for Katie Beth it's nursing school and Charlie isn't sure yet. But one thing is sure, Katie Beth and Jack have discovered that what they fell for each other is more than just friendship. Then came the bombing of Pearl Harbor which would ultimately change the paths of these three friends. They would each play a roll in serving their country at a time when love of country and faith in God was important. Folks sacrificed and some made the ultimate sacrifice. Jack and Katie Beth's love will be tested on many different levels. Can it survive the ravages of war?

On the Wings of the Eagle will take you through the tragedy and triumph of World War II. We see how God's watchful care was present even in devastating circumstances. You'll quickly find yourself immersed into the lives of Jack, Katie Beth and Charlie as they each play a vital roll in their service. I was encouraged, as a reader, by the faith of these folks and how that played out into everyday life, in practical ways, and what the influence of that was on other peoples lives. One thing that really made this story extra special was that the war stories were actually true. They were stories the author gathered from family and friends. Keep that in mind as you're reading and be sure to read the author's note at the end. So settle in and get ready because On the Wings of the Eagle you'll find a story that will linger in your mind long after the last page is turned.

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

Perfect Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing (May 22, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161862105X
ISBN-13: 978-1618621054

Monday, September 1, 2014

SEAGRASS PIER by Colleen Coble

Elin Summerall was able to receive a heart transplant but she's having a hard time dealing with what came with it. The woman she received the heart from was murdered and now Elin is having flashbacks of the murder and even some of the feelings, likes and dislikes of the donor. Cell memory is what they call it, but the police are having a hard time buying it and it's brought her a lot of unwanted attention, especially from the killer. Marc Everton is an off-duty FBI agent who is investigating the murder of his partner. It takes him to Hope Island and to Elin. Marc and Elin have a history together and he agrees to help protect her and her daughter. Messages from the killer let them know he's never far away. Can they figure out the mystery before it's too late?

Seagrass Pier is one that holds your attention all the way through. It's got, action, suspense, mystery and, of course, romance. The characters were great to get to know. I enjoyed meeting Elin and Marc. The secondary characters were great as well, especially Sara and Josh. You'll definitely find a faith thread running through the story but it was very natural and not over powering. I appreciated the author's note at the end where she reminds us how we grow and change but our "identity is in Christ who teaches us how to love others". There was one aspect of the story that didn't really have a conclusion. I won't say what it is, as it might be a spoiler. Perhaps it will be concluded in another Hope Beach story in the future. This was a great addition to the Hope Beach Series and although it's the third book in the series, you could very easily read it as a stand alone. If you're looking for a few hours of adventure, I recommend you dock your boat at Seagrass Pier.

*This complimentary copy provided by Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

For more information on this book or other books by Colleen Coble, I encourage you to visit her website at

Monday, August 18, 2014

MALICE by Anne Patrick

Jo McDaniels is living in Oregon, happily married, and expecting their first child. Jo is content with her life, that is until her old boss wants her help catching the serial killer that managed to escape them in Maine. Harland Briggs has reappeared and is leaving a trail of carnage across the country. Jo was the original profiler on that case and she knows with her gift she can help catch him. Her husband doesn't want her to help. He feels it's too much pressure for her and the baby and way to dangerous. He may be right, but Jo won't rest until the monster is apprehended.

Malice is a great follow-up to Ties That Bind. It's one that keeps you totally involved from beginning to end but does deal with a difficult subject matter. Harland Briggs and the things he does are pure evil. I found myself mostly reading during the daylight hours. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between our lead couple. The ups and downs they experienced made it feel very authentic. I also enjoyed Isaac (Jo's old boss). I thought he added a lot to the story. Bailey is a teen that was fun to get to know. There was an unexpected twist at the end that I thought was great! If you enjoy CSI or similar type stories, I would definitely recommend Malice.

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

Paperback: 196 pages
ISBN-10: 1499289901
ISBN-13: 978-1499289909

For more information about this book or other books by Anne Patrick, I encourage you to visit her website:

Sunday, August 3, 2014

TIES THAT BIND by Anne Patrick

Joe McDaniels has a special gift, something that helps her with her job as an FBI profiler. She has the ability to sense what victims go through right before die, even their pain. She returns to her home town to help the sheriff get a profile on a killer that seems to leave no trace evidence behind. Sheriff Austin Garrett has bodies piling up on him from a vicious killer who leaves his victims headless. He's happy when the FBI sends Joe McDaniels to help him figure out who's behind the murders. It doesn't hurt that she happens to be a beautiful woman. Working together they not only become closer to each other but they're also getting closer to knowing the identity of the killer. Will they find out who it is before it's to late?

I was glued to the pages of Ties That Bind. The book sure puts you through your emotional paces though, as you experience murder through the eyes of a vicious killer. It was written is a realistic way which made it believable and scary. The characters were all lifelike, and fully fleshed out. They were real people with real problems. The relationship between Jo and Austin was a slow build that felt very natural and true to life. You learn about being a profiler which I found very interesting. You'll also find a message of family importance, faith, forgiveness, and relationship restoration. If you enjoy crime shows like CSI or NCIS, then I know you will thoroughly enjoy Ties That Bind.

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

For more information about this book or other books by this author, I recommend you visit her website

Sunday, July 20, 2014

UNDETECTED by Dee Henderson

Gina Gray has always been smart, to the point that she's always felt awkward. She would love to be married but can't seem to find the right guy. When she has yet another break-up, she heads for her brothers house to focus on her ocean research and see if her brother knows any nice navy guys he could introduce her to. Mark Bishop is commander of a ballistic missile submarine and a very good friend of Gina's brother. He's a widow who thinks it might be time to marry again. When Gina's brother introduces the idea of him dating Gina, Mark puts the idea aside because he thinks she too young for him. But Gina does intrigue him and she does know and understand what Navy life is all about. When Gina makes a startling discovery, she shares it with Mark and seeks his advice about what to do with the information. It's something that will change submarine warfare but it also poses some risks. As Gina and Mark work together they find an easy friendship, but will it ever be more?

Undetected was an enjoyable story. I read Unspoken so was curious to find out about Bryce's brother. Mark was a lot like his brother, strong, secure but also had a tenderness to him that really made him appealing. He was also very romantic. Gina was very sweet and especially kind even though she was very smart. They both had faith yet were able to encourage each other. I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters. It was great to briefly meet up with Bryce and Charlotte again. Undetected was not an 'edge-of-your-seat' kind of story at all, but there was a tense part. I did feel that the story sometimes got bogged down in too much detail yet it was all very interesting. I enjoyed the relationship between Mark and Gina although it was a very slow and gentle build. I have always enjoyed Dee Henderson's stories but I must admit the style of her work has changed quite-a-bit from her earlier writing. The cover is beautiful and overall it was a good story; you get a taste of what it might be like to live on a submarine or be the loved one waiting on shore.

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

Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 29, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0764212435
ISBN-13: 978-0764212437

Sunday, July 6, 2014

SILENCED by Dani Pettrey

Kayden McKenna loves rock climbing. To her it's relaxing as well as fun, but not today. Today she comes face-to-face with a dead body. She accesses the situation and feels like something is off but is not sure what. Jake Westin enjoys watching Kayden climb but soon realizes just what Kayden ran into. Was it an accident or murder? Sheriff Landon Grainger quickly deputizes Jake to help him with the investigation. It doesn't take long to realize it was no accident. As Jake and Kayden look for clues for who might be behind it, coupled with some odd things that happen, they realize that the killer knows they're getting closer. Jake's love for Kayden just may put her life in danger but he refuses to let history repeat itself. They will get to the bottom of it, but nothing will prepare them for what they discover!

Silenced is book 4 in the Alaskan Courage Series and I must say I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series! I have really come to love the McKenna family who are tight-knit, but full of personality. This is a series that I highly recommend reading in order, mostly for the family dynamics and growth. Kayden and Jake are the star players in this story but you have the benefit of seeing the whole family, which I loved. The relationship between our lead couple is pensive but slowly and naturally develops. One thing I really appreciated was the everyday simple faith the character possessed (which I find encouraging), no spiritual heavy handedness. The author does a great job keeping you guessing who it is, until near the end where you then embark on a nail-biting ride to the end. I highly recommend you discover the Alaskan frontier and get to know the wonderful McKenna family. You'll be glad you did. (Submerged, Shattered, Stranded and Silenced). Now I am looking forward to Sabotaged!

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

Series: Alaskan Courage (Book 4)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 6, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0764211951
ISBN-13: 978-0764211959

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

A MILE APART by Sarah Jae Foster

Eden Montgomery lost her husband and unborn child in a mine blast.  Closing the mine, she vows never to open it again.  She now runs Whistle Creek supply store which she likes, however, she doesn't think too highly of miners and their lust for gold, especially Joseph Benton.  Joseph lost his wife and now has the responsibility to care for his son, which is a difficult thing to do in a mining camp.  When Joseph becomes ill, Eden cares for him and his son.  As Eden and Joseph get to know each other better, they realize they may have been too quick to judge one another.  Time will tell.  Meanwhile, things are heating up in the mining camp as someone threatens the miners, while another tries to buy their claims.  Eden is left with a difficult decision.  Something she vowed she would never do.

 A Mile Apart was an quick, enjoyable read.  The writing had an easy flow to it that just kept the reader going, through the whole story.  It was fun getting to know all the folks in Whistle Creek, except for a couple of them (*grin*).    Joseph was a character that I didn't really care for in the beginning, but liked him later on.  Eden was a strong woman but she definitely had a soft side to her.  The story is set in a mining camp and you get a glimpse of the harshness of that life style.  Overall it was a good story and one I would recommend to those who like a good, clean, historical story, with a splash of inspiration.

*This complimentary copy was provided by River Valley Publishing in exchange for an honest review*

File Size: 4588 KB
Print Length: 171 pages
Publisher: River Valley Publishing (April 10, 2014)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SINGLE DAD COWBOY by Brenda Minton

Harmony Cross returns to Dawson to recover from a life changing accident and perhaps find the person she once was. What she didn't count on was Dylan Cooper. He's still handsome and charming but very different from the Dylan she remembered. He's now a single dad with two very cute kids but he's also very helpful and kind to Harmony. As they help each other out feelings begin to grow between them. It's the last thing each of them expected. Will Dylan and Harmony set aside their doubts and find a future together?

I absolutely love visiting Cooper Creek. I'm sad that this is the last book in the series but it was a wonderful conclusion. You not only get Harmony and Dylan's story but you also get to catch-up with lots of other folks you've come to know and love. The Cooper's are such an endearing family who love and support each other. They also have some great interaction and funny moments together. Dawson is the kind of place you want to live; with the Mad Cow Cafe` and of course, Granny Myrna Cooper. If there's a gift of matchmaking, she's got it. What a great lady. The folks around here are so welcoming, you'll feel right at home while you're reading. The author did a wonderful job dealing with the very real problem of addiction and how it affects you and those around you. The verse that kept coming to mind for me was "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." You could read this as a stand alone but I encourage you to read all of the Cooper Creek Series. I know you'll come to love both the people and place as much as I did.

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

Series: Love InspiredCooper Creek
Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired (May 20, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0373878907
ISBN-13: 978-0373878901

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Danny Flynn has returned home from three tours of duty. He suffers with severe PTSD. He's not sure he can be a part of society ever again. He's afraid he might hurt someone when flashbacks occur. Alex Dugan served along side Danny and wants to help him. He encourages him to join a veterans' group from Whitcomb University, where Danny plans to be a student in the fall. Will he become part of the group or continue in his solitary existence.

I have read the other two books in the series (Battlefield of the Heart and Trust of the Heart) and loved both stories, so when I saw Wounds of the Heart, I knew I wanted to read it. After reading it however, I really feel like this should have been a prologue to Battlefield of the heart or a free introduction to the series. I'm sorry to say there's not really much content except an introduction to the folks you find in Battlefield of the Heart. In my opinion you don't need to read this to enjoy the rest of the series. I didn't think it added anything extra. I do however love the cover.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

THE PROMISE by Kathleen Sherwood

Connor Christianson is a successful lawyer who can pretty much have whatever money can buy. To bad he can't buy love. His terrible childhood has made him cold and indifferent to just about everyone except his dying brother, Allen. Connor plans to keep the promise he made to Allen, it just might tougher than he thought. Kaley Mills doesn't have money but she has great faith in a great God. She works in a diner and is almost finished with her teaching degree. She's doing her best to raise her daughter, Macie and giving her all the love she never got growing up. One day, Connor comes into the diner. Kaley is immediately taken with him but sees he has a troubled spirit. Her kind and bubbly personality isn't what Connor expected, nor was her great faith in God. Connor comes to her rescue a couple of times and has opportunities to observe her with Macie and realizes what a good and loving mother she is. As they spend more time together, the connection between Connor and Kaley is growing stronger. The road ahead, however, is winding and bumpy. Is Kaley's faith strong enough to see her though. Will Connor be able to let go of past hurts and reach out to God for healing? Can promises made, be kept?

WOW! What an amazing story of God's love and grace. The Promise draws you in right from the start and doesn't let you go until the last page is turned. You'll find tragedy and triumph and lots of twists and turns, which is a definite plus for me. I love stories where there is lots of interaction and dialog between the main characters and that's exactly what I found here. Connor and Kaley shared a such a strong chemistry that it really set the stage for lots of great romantic tension, which I love! Kaley was such a loveable lady. Her strong faith was a great example to Connor as well as to the reader. Connor was one leading man you won't soon forget. His strong yet tender ways will make you swoon! Macie will completely win you over with her cute personality. The secondary characters are as full of life as Connor and Kaley, which really enhances the reading experience. This was the kind of story, that when you get to the last page (although you hate to see it end) you feel totally satisfied. Kathleen Sherwood is a favorite author and I must say, this is a favorite story. One I would find myself reading again. If you enjoy a character-driven story, with lots of great romantic tension along with a great message, than I promise you, you will love 'The Promise'!

File Size: 1387 KB
Print Length: 340 pages
Publisher: KLS, Inc.; 1st edition edition (December 4, 2013)

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Seth Rayner likes to have things planned out and his plan was to Marry Allison and work in his father's company. All that changed two years ago, when Allison left him at the alter and ended up falling for his brother, Daniel. Now Daniel and Allison are getting married and he finds himself working with Allison's best friend, Meghan Holloway. Meghan is a quirky, speak-your-mind, liker-of-bright-colors (especially nail polish) kind of gal. She's tired of men not accepting her because she's different. Seth and Meghan have shared feelings of dislike since high school but now they find themselves forced to work together on Daniel and Allison's wedding. In working together, will they find something special buried beneath the dislike?

I absolutely loved 'Wish You Were Here' so I was SO excited to see there was a follow-up. You Made Me Love You was everything I hoped for and more!!! Seth and Meghan are unforgettable and so much fun. Once you start reading, you just can stop and you don't want it to end. I must say too, that although this is a novella it doesn't read like one. It was loaded with great romantic tension and lots of memorable moments. It's one I would definitely read again. You could read this as a stand alone but I highly recommend you start with 'Wish You Were Here' first. You Made Me Love You is the perfect title for this sweet little treasure and one I highly recommend! Love the cover too!

File Size: 1456 KB
Print Length: 112 pages
Publisher: Howard Books (March 25, 2014)
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Language: English

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