Saturday, October 1, 2016

Lone Star Justice

I was so excited to hear Margaret Daley was writing another series, Lone Star Justice.  
I have been reading Margaret Daley's books for years.  Why??
I love that when I'm reading her story not only do I get a wonderful plot, but also one that literally pulls me into the story. Her use of imagery just brings the setting and characters to life for me.  
This series centers around the Texas Rangers.  The Rangers are part of the state police in Texas and there are about 150 commissioned for the whole state of Texas.  They investigate everything from murder to corruption of a public official as well as providing protection for state and federal officials. 

Lone Star Justice:
Lawmen protecting Texas-
and falling in love. 


As we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, 
to them who are called according to his purpose.
~Romans 8:28

 

High-Risk Reunion (Lone Star Justice) 
A PERILOUS SECOND CHANCE

When district attorney Tory Carson returns home after a long day in court prosecuting a gang leader, she finds her house trashed. Concerned that the vandalism is connected to the trial, the local police chief calls the Texas Rangers…and her former love Cade Morgan responds. Tory's history with Cade—and the secret they share—makes her reluctant to let him back into her life. But Tory doesn't want to choose between bringing down a gang leader and protecting her teenage daughter. With the threat escalating the longer she tries the case, the safest place for Tory and her daughter is at Cade's ranch. But can Cade protect them long enough for Tory to bring the criminal to justice?

Publication: October 1st 2016
 by Love Inspired Suspense  


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Meet the Author:

Margaret DaleyMargaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold ninety-two books to date.
Margaret was the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2600 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.
Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community as well as serving on her church’s vestry.
On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She treasures her time with her family and friends.
My Thoughts:

Love it!!
I always know when I pick up one of Margaret Daley's books that I will not be putting it down until the last page is turned.  
Looking at the cover I was immediately intrigued and the back blurb intrigued me.  
I was immediately pulled into the story from page one. 

Sept. 11, 2001 had a great impact on our nation, but it also had a great impact on us individually.  It changed the lives of so many.  

Cade Morgan was closer to Tory Carson than just about anybody.  They had dated for years and marriage had come up, but Cade knew the attacks of 9/11 would change the course of his life.  While Tory went to college Cade went to Afghanistan, but neither would return to hometown the same people with the same dreams.  
Tory was now the DA in El Rio, Texas and the widowed mother of a 14 year old daughter.  Cade had returned to his home 3 weeks ago  after a transfer with the Texas Rangers.  So much had changed.  Tory was prosecuting gang leader Diego Mederos for various crimes and one of the biggest cases of her career. When she moved back to El Rio her plan was to make the community safer by prosecuting those offenders and she had made a huge dent so far.  Unfortunately she comes home after a day in court to a vandalized house and the possibility her daughter had been kidnapped. 
Cade, a Texas Ranger, had recently been transferred back to El Rio.  Currently he was living with his Uncle Ben on the family ranch. The chief of police contacted Cade about the vandalism and possible connection to the Mederos trial, but for Cade this was more than just an investigation.  It was personal.
The mystery and fast paced action that ensues kept me glued to the pages.  The story line brings elements of a mystery, suspense, second chances, trust and faith.  I loved Cade as he shows great strength of character and Tory is as easily lovable also
.   The past is the past until it comes back to haunt you in a living breathing person.  
 Both will have to put the past to rest and work together to solve this and bring the person to justice.  
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves suspense.  
**I received this book from the author for a honest review without bias or outside influence as stated above.  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Misty Willow #2





Don't you just love that line??

Well, I do.  
This is  story about choices and taking chances.  
I really enjoyed it.  I think that the author has a gift for bringing a story to life and making the reader feel like they are apart of it.  
The plot is very engaging from the very first page.  
For me, this is a great, feel good story.  It's a fast paced story that was hard to put down even for a second after the first page was turned.  The characters are easy to love. Dani Prescott has had a rocky past and she has succeeded despite of it.  She truly has a good heart.  The death of her mother had a profound affect on her life and her memory is precious to Dani. Brett Somers has lived what most would call a privileged life, but what most don't understand is that it comes with a cost.  A cost that Brett is all to familiar with.   
This is the second book in the Misty Willow series from Johnnie Alexander, but I felt it was a stand alone story.  
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a good romance with lots of twists and turns on the road to happiness.  
I received this book from the publisher for a honest opinion.  
All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


When Love Arrives


Cover Art 
An Unlikely Couple Struggles to Reconcile the Burdens of Their Past
Dani Prescott came to the children's hospital to spy on Brett Somers--so how did she end up on a date with him? Weeks earlier she'd seen an interview in which he blamed her mother for the plane crash that had killed his parents. But the crash had killed her mother as well, so Dani can't believe the story Brett's trying to sell to the media.
Vowing to find a way to discredit the privileged--and maddeningly handsome--Brett, Dani has been following him and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use against him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself offering up a fake name and agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something--but he's got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is? Will Dani and Brett look beyond their own heartaches to discover a love that could heal their deepest pain?



Published September 20th 2016
  by Fleming H. Revell Company  


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Johnnie Alexander Donley  
Johnnie Alexander writes inspiring stories that linger in the heart. Where Treasure Hides, her debut novel, won the ACFW Genesis Contest (2011) and Golden Leaf Award (2014). The first of her three contemporary romances, Where She Belongs (Misty Willow Series), releases from Revell in January 2016.

She also has won Best Novel and Best Writer awards (Florida Christian Writers Conferences), and Bronze Medalist (My Book Therapy Frasier Contest).

A graduate of Rollins College (Orlando) with a Master of Liberal Studies degree, Johnnie treasures family memories, classic movies, road trips, and stacks of books. She lives in the Memphis area where her morning chores include feeding dogs, cats, chickens, and a small herd of alpacas.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

This Road We Traveled

I love being a part of Revell Publishing's bloggers program.  
Do you ask why?
Simple, I have been introduced to some fantastic authors. 
Jane Kirkpatrick is one of those authors.  In her knew book, This Road We Traveled, she introduced us to the indomitable Tabitha Brown.  In the spring of 2013 she was approached by a young woman telling her she should write Tabitha Brown's story and how she become known as the "Mother of Oregon".  She took the journals of Tabitha's and created a story around them, but at the same time she introduced us to a very strong woman who contributed largely to history.  Without this book I may never have known about Tabitha Brown.  I have to admit I was pulled into this story quickly and found myself unable to put the book down once I started reading.  This is an incredible story of making a choice, then learning to change for a chance at the path God wants you to travel.
This story is based on factual events that occurred in 1845 where this journey started St. Charles, Missouri.  It's a story that lingered in my mind long after I had closed the book.  
Tabitha  Moffat Brown was an incredible woman with a great strength of character and fortitude.  
She was born in the year of 1780 in Stonington, Conneticut, married to Clark Brown and mother of three children: Orus, Pherne and Manthano.  She traveled to  Missouri in 1824 with her family where they settled until 1845.  During the winter of 1845 we find Tabby now 66 years old and a widow for the past 28 years.  Orus has traveled to the Oregon territory and been gone for 2 years, but as the story opens he has just returned home with great hopes and dreams of moving his family there.  Tabby is heartbroken when her son tells her she is too old and, due to a childhood injury, lame to even consider the journey. They plan to leave her behind in Missouri.  
Tabby was a character that grabbed my heart from the beginning.  She reminded me so much of my great grandmother, Emily, in spirit and spunk.  She kept a journal of her life as a way of remembering the days gone by and by way of organizing what her life was really like.  She had a great faith in God and that he would never fail her, other might, but not God.  She had a motto:
Living in the what-ifs is dangerous.
Those are good questions to ask in the planning of a thing. But once you've decided, well then, you can't keep worrying about what lies ahead. It will rob you. You must take each moment, find the good in it, and be grateful.   
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves history or just a good read. 

*I received this book from the publisher for a honest opinion.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  


This Road We Traveled

Cover ArtDrama, Adventure, and Family Struggles Abound as Three Generations Head West on the Oregon Trail
When Tabitha Brown's son makes the fateful decision to leave Missouri and strike out for Oregon, she refuses to be left behind. Despite her son's concerns, Tabitha hires her own wagon to join the party. Along with her reluctant daughter and her ever-hopeful granddaughter, the intrepid Tabitha has her misgivings. But family ties are stronger than fear.
The trials they face along the way will severely test Tabitha's faith, courage, and ability to hope. With her family's survival on the line, she must make the ultimate sacrifice, plunging deeper into the wilderness to seek aid. What she couldn't know was how this frightening journey would impact how she understood her own life--and the greater part she had to play in history. 


Published September 6th 2016
 by Fleming H. Revell Company  



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Meet the Author:


Jane Kirkpatrick 

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy Award, Spur Award, Oregon Book Award, and Reader's Choice awards, and have won the WILLA Literary Award and Carol Award for Historical Fiction. Many of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections. You can also read her work in more than fifty publications, including Decision, Private Pilot, and Daily Guideposts. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry.



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Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club

The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club  
The lake is crystal blue, the hills roll for miles, and breaking news travels via the Methodist prayer chain. But don’t let the postcard fool you. Coldwater Cove, Oklahoma, leavens its small-town charm with plenty of Ozark snark.

For Lacy Evans, returning to flyover country is the definition of failure. She had everything she wanted—an award-winning design firm, a chic city condo, a handsome, aristocratic almost-fiancĂ©. Then her boyfriend ran off with her receptionist and her clients' money. Now she’s out of business and crashing on her parents’ couch. When she slides into a booth at the Green Apple Grill, she's feeling lower than a worm's belly.


But Lacy’s old classmate Jacob Tyler is happy to see her. Coldwater’s football hero came back from Afghanistan short part of a leg and some peace of mind, but he’s counting his blessings, and Lacy could be one of them. Then there’s her ex, Daniel, wearing a sheriff’s badge and a wedding ring, but looking like young summer love. And a host of unlikely serendipities: the selfless do-gooders who sneak around taming curmudgeons and constructing second chances. The Fighting Marmots. The sprawling, take-no-prisoners Bugtussle clan.

Lacy thought she knew her hometown, and herself. She just wanted to get on her feet and keep running. But the longer she stays, the more she finds to change her mind. . .

Expected publication: September 27th 2016
 by Kensington  


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Lexi Eddings


Lexi Eddings is the pen name of multi-published author Diana Groe, who has written for Kensington, Sourcebooks, and Entangled. A classically trained soprano, she calls her historical work a cross between Grand Opera and Gilbert and Sullivan. Her historical romances have received glowing reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and RT Book Reviews.


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 My Thoughts:

 Lexi Eddings is a new author for me and I love finding to authors.  
When I heard the name of this book I knew it was one I wanted to read, but when I found the book description I was more than intrigued.  Of course the beautiful cover just gives a glimpse of the wonderful story inside.  
I loved everything about this book!
From the plot to the characters, and did I mention Lexi has included recipes from the Green Apple Grill.  Yes, an author after my heart.  
This story is set in the foothills of the Ozarks in a small town of Coldwater Cove.  
Coldwater Cove is your typical small town with one exception.
It has the Methodist prayer chain.  
Everyone and everything makes it there, not out of meanness though.  
Lacy Evans has arrived back home.  Willingly? No, it was a matter of necessity. 
The last few months have been difficult to say the least, but her survival instincts kicked in. She doesn't expect  a warm welcome, but life has many surprises in store for her yet.  
I liked Lacy mostly because she takes lemons and makes lemonade.  She's faced with not only starting over in the place she begun, but also facing the fact everyone has heard about her mistakes.  She plans to first find a place to live, then a job and hopefully finally lay her past to rest.  
In this story we meet a variety of interesting characters, but Jake Tyler stole my heart and there's no other way to put it.  He was the guy who stole every girl's heart in high school with that crooked little grin.  Of course life has not gone as planned for him, but it rarely does for anyone.  He received a football scholarship to college where he obtained several concussions, then a stint in the marines where he obtained injuries, both seen and unseen, and home he came to take over and run the Green Apple Grill.   Then there's Daniel, Lacy's ex, who is now wearing the sheriff's badge and sporting a wedding ring.  
This story contains elements of humor, heartbreak, second chances, faith and love.  This is a wonderful story about going home and finding that even though some things stay the same, somethings are different.  But has it really, or have we changed?
This is a story I would recommend to anyone who loves a clean, sweet romance.
**I received this book from the author for a honest review without bias or outside influence.  

   I am looking forward to reading more about Coldwater Cove in the next book, A Coldwater Warm Hearts Wedding, which is set to be released in May, 2017.  

A Coldwater Warm Hearts Wedding

Here's a little bonus:


Jake Tyler, the hunky proprietor of the Green Apple Grill in The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club borrowed his recipe for Belgian Waffles from another great cook, Emeril Lagasse.  


Ingredients
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, separated
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups milk
non-stick cooking spray
 
Directions
Preheat the waffle iron. In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a second bowl use the wooden spoon to beat together the egg yolks and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved and eggs have turned a pale yellow. Add the vanilla extract, melted butter, and milk to the eggs and whisk to combine. Combine the egg-milk mixture with the flour mixture and whisk just until blended. Do not over mix. 

In third bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. Using the rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the waffle batter. Do not over mix! (That's starting to be a theme, isn't it?) 

Coat the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and pour enough batter in iron to just cover waffle grid. Close and cook until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday Thoughts

Have you heard the old saying, "You had me from hello"?
Well Melissa Tagg had me from Here to Stay, which is the first book in the Walker Family series.  
I fell hopelessly in love with this family and could wait to find out how their stories would turn out.  
So, I was incredibly happy to hear Melissa is releasing the third book in the series, Keep Holding On, this month.  



Keep Holding On (Walker Family #3) Beckett Walker hasn't stepped foot in Maple Valley in years. There's no getting past the painful memories, and there's every chance he'll be arrested as soon as he shows his face. Which is exactly what happens when he finally returns. Suddenly his dream of adventure as a military lawyer comes skidding to a halt.

Horticulturist Kit Danby has spent too much time missing home and her childhood best friend--Beckett Walker. Now she might have a shot at reclaiming both. After years of living abroad, she returns to run her family's apple orchard. She has one season to turn a profit and impress the father she barely knows. But she can't do it alone.

It should be simple: Beckett needs community service hours. Kit needs a helping hand. But there's more at stake than either of them planned. With a tangled past and futures that look nothing alike, they'll have to find a way to weather the storms of the present . . . or risk losing everything.

Expected publication: September 27th 2016
 by Larkspur Press  


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Meet the Author:

 

Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant-writer and total Iowa girl. She’s also a multi-published novelist. Her latest book, Like Never Before, was named by Publisher’s Weekly to their spring 2016 “Religion and Spirituality” Top 10 list. Upcoming books include Keep Holding On (Sept 2016) and a sequel to last year’s One Enchanted Christmas, releasing in late 2016. Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as retreats and workshops. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever–not that she’s biased–watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. 

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My Thoughts:

LOVE IT!!
I fell in love again, of course I loved Beckett before he ever got his own story.  
He brings an air of mystery to the Walker family.  
This is the third installment of the Walker Family series from Melissa Tagg, but don't let being in a series fool you.  The series centers around the Walker Family from Maple Valley, Iowa.  Honestly though, each story is a stand alone, including this one.  As with every series, reading the other stories will give you the full impact of the series.  

This is Beckett's story as I said.  He grew up in Maple Valley with his best friend, Kit Danby, living next door.  There was just one problem, his feelings for Kit were much deeper than friendship, but when he reveals his feelings at an inopportune moment she shot him down quickly. Beckett leaves town and hasn't returned for many years, instead making a home in Boston where he practices at a prestigious law firm. Beckett has a opportunity coming up with United States Army "JAG" Corps., but has returned home for his cousin's wedding and to lay some unresolved issues to rest.  
Kit Danby left for London after finishing college.  She has had what most would consider a great career, but in her heart she knows there's something missing.  My first thought is that she is looking for meaning to her life.  Her arrival is met with both disappointment and the past meeting the present.  Her family owns the local apple tree farm and it's more than obvious that her brother has dropped the ball as far as the overall condition of the farm and trees are in desperate need of care.  She is flooded with memories of yesterday and wants to connect with Beckett and apologize for their misunderstanding from years ago.  In other words, she wants her best friend back.  
This is a beautiful story about hopes,dreams, second chances, and faith.  
I felt the characters were both strong and easy to relate to.  Both are at a crossroads in their lives as a result of decisions each made.  Beckett is still haunted by the death of his mother and Kit is still seeking her father's approval.  The plot pulled me in quickly and wrapped itself around me and held on until the last page was turned.  
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a great romance with a few twists and turns.  
**I received this book from the author for a honest opinion without bias or outside influence.  


Goodreads is having a giveaway of 5 copies of Keep Holding On from Sept.5 thru Sept. 30, 2016. So hop on over and enter for a chance to win this wonderful book 

Book Giveaway For Keep Holding On (Walker Family #3)



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Monday, September 19, 2016

3 Incredible Love Stories

When you think of weddings what is your first thought?

Love, romance, commitment?

For most, yes, that is the first thing that comes to mind, but if you ask the bride of even her mother that's not always the first answer.  It's the details or behind the scenes that actually brings a wedding together.  
This year has been a busy one for my family in the romance department.  I have had 3 nieces who got married and a nephew that is getting married this week.  Each wedding has been different, but filled with much joy.  As I spoke with each parent their greatest desire was that all the details were handled with precision so that the day would be enjoyed by not only the bride and groom, but also guests.  
Yes, a lot more goes into planning a wedding than one would imagine.  The behind the scenes details are important.  I'm talking about the choosing a venue and working with the planner, the cake and flowers.  
To Have and To Hold is a great collection of novellas from 3 wonderful authors, Betsy St.Amant, Katie Ganshert, and Becky Wade,  that take the reader behind the scenes and highlight not only the dedication, but the work involved in bringing a special day to the bride and groom.  

To Have and to Hold: Three Autumn Love Stories
  Published August 30th 
2016 by Zondervan
Book Description:
Love Takes the Cake by Betsy St. Amant
 
She’s known for her delicious cakes, but there’s no recipe for dealing with the new man in her life.
Charlotte Cantrell is always the baker; never the bride. When Will, a regular at Charlotte’s bakery, catches her attention, she can only hope that he is the reliable man this single mother has always hoped to find. The problem is that he’s regularly stopping in to buy cookies for another girl. But when Charlotte is hired to bake a host of wedding goodies for a difficult bride and finds out Will is the best man, she has the perfect opportunity to get to know him better—and find out how serious Will is about this other girl in his life.
 
The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert


Meeting Nate was truly an accident—but Amelia finds that he’s one of the few people she can count on.
Amelia Woods is a small-town wallflower and the proud owner of Forget-Me-Nots, a quaint flower shop. Despite her success in business, her love life has always been a bit lackluster. Until she spies on her ex-boyfriend’s wedding and ends up in an embarrassing fender-bender with handsome wedding guest, Nate Gallagher.
Meanwhile, Amelia’s younger brother, William, has proposed to his girlfriend. Amelia would be excited except she has evidence that the fiancĂ©e is not who she says she is. It seems Nate is the only one available for any advice-giving, and he’s good at it—and pretty fun to talk to, too.
As Amelia works to craft the perfect flower arrangements for other people—including a ninety-year-old “fairy godmother” named George—she begins to wonder if real love is better than the dream. And if it is, will Nate still be interested when he learns who she is?


Love in the Details by Becky Wade


She left him to save his future, but they’ve never gotten over each other.
When Josh returns to his hometown of Martinsburg, Texas, to help his best friend get married, he didn’t intend to run into church wedding coordinator—and ex-girlfriend—Holly. He can’t help but pine after the girl he never got over.
Holly broke up with Josh years ago in an attempt to ensure his future success. But she loved him then and still loves him now. As she helps him plan his best friend’s wedding, she can’t help but feel horrible for the pain she caused him. And even though she longs to be with Josh, she doesn’t feel worthy of his big-time lifestyle when she is more comfortable in her small town world. Will Josh and Holly be able to keep things as they are when their true feelings threaten to surface at every turn?
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Betsy St. Amant  
Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers group. Betsy is multi-published through Steeple Hill and has been published in Christian Communicator magazine and Praise Reports: Inspiring Real Life Stories of How God Answers Prayer. One of her short stories, ‘Kickboxing or Chocolate’, appears in a Tyndale compilation book, and she is also multi-published through The Wild Rose Press. She has a BA in Christian Communications and regularly freelances for her local newspaper. Betsy is a fireman’s wife, a mommy to a busy toddler, a chocolate-loving author and an avid reader who enjoys sharing the wonders of God’s grace through her stories.

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Katie Ganshert 
Katie (K.E.) Ganshert was born and raised in the exciting state of Iowa, where she currently resides with her family. She likes to write things and consume large quantities of coffee and chocolate while she writes all the things. She’s won some awards. For the writing, not the consuming. Although the latter would be fun.

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Becky WadeDuring her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She's been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky's passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances with Avon Books, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her three kids, then recently returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She felt led to move to the genre of contemporary Christian romance and couldn’t be more thrilled with it.

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

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 My Thoughts:
 What a wonderful collection of 3 novellas!!!
Zondervan had released  a fall collection of love stories that  each easily wove their way into my heart.  I met some unforgettable characters. Each were artistic and dedicated to their own profession.  I think one of the greatest common denominators among the characters was not only their ability to put on smile on someone's face, but also that they focused on each client as though they were the only client.  Each have a dream they are trying to fulfill, but at the same time hoping they would get a chance at romance and love.  
In the first story we meet Charlotte Cantrell who is the baker and owner of The Doughknot. She is a single mom who doesn't want to let anyone close enough to hurt her again, but her attraction to a man who came every Tuesday evening might just leave her in knots before it's over. 
In the second story we meet Amelia Woods the owner and designer of Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop.  Life had not turned out as she had expected.  This is almost like a Cinderella story.  Amelia's mother owned a flower shop where Amelia had helped and learned the art of the trade.  With her mother's death she thought the shop was all but lost to her, until she was able to buy it.  It's success was her greatest desire.  A happenstance meeting with a stranger involving a car wreck and the exchange of emails has Amelia looking for love in all the wrong places.  
Last we meet Holly and Josh, who were high school sweethearts looking forward to spending the rest of their lives together.  Holly makes a decision that will break both their hearts.  Now with Josh back in town to fulfill an obligation as best man and Holly the church wedding coordinator will they get another chance at love or will the past be too much to overcome?
These are three sweet romances that quickly pulled me in and kept me turning the pages.  Each plot is well thought and the characters are easy to love.  
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a good, clean love story.  
*I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review without bias or outside influence.    

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sapphire Bride's #3

This is the third and final installment from Tracie Peterson in the Sapphire Brides series. A Love Transformed swept me back to the spring of 1917 in New York City.  



Cover Art 
Clara lacks for nothing in her lavish New York mansion--except love.
When her husband, Adolph, dies suddenly, Clara Vesper is stunned. Not grief-stricken, as their marriage had never been a love match, but staggered by what might become of her and her children. For years she designed the sapphire jewelry that made her husband's company a fortune, but she has little money in her own name and soon discovers that she has inherited nothing. Fearing for the welfare of her two small children, she decides to take them to her aunt and uncle's ranch in Montana, the only place she has ever been happy.

But much has changed since she last visited the Montana ranch, both for Clara and for those she was forced to leave behind. And when dangerous secrets from her late husband's past threaten everyone she loves, Clara must fight to remain where she can fulfill her dreams.

Published September 6th 2016
 by Bethany House Publishers 


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Tracie Peterson is an award-winning, best-selling author of over 100 books. Having given her heart to Jesus at the young age of six, Tracie has always felt called to some form of ministry, and writing fulfills that mission field.
Tracie received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings’ Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership’s vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.
In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers. She has co-written with a variety of authors including Judith Pella, Judith Miller, James Scott Bell, Kimberley Woodhouse and her daughter Jennifer.
Throughout her writing career Tracie has found time to speak at writer’s conferences where she has a special heart for new authors. She is often joined by her husband Jim, whose background in history offers new authors insight into research. Besides teaching at conferences, Tracie also at one time managed Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents book line – overseeing the production of 52 books a year. Tracie teaches at women’s conferences around the country and shares her testimony and insight for Christian living through the eyes of an author passionately in love with her Heavenly Father.
Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers. Her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests, including USA “Best Books 2011” Awards, best Religious Fiction for Embers of Love!
Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family–especially her three grandchildren–Rainy, Fox and Max..

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My Thoughts:

In this story I was swept back to the turn of the century right before the war where I met Clara Vesper.  I liked her immediately and my heart actually hurt for her.  As the story opens we find Clara learning that her husband has just been murdered in the street.  Adolph wasn't the great love of her life, but she had come to care for him. Suddenly she is faced with the not only raising their two children on her own, but doing so without any money because Adolph had not provided for them in his will.  I know it was the norm in history for men to control the finances in the family, but it sounds so scary for a woman.  I'm sure Clara was more than a little scared  for not only herself, but also her young children.  
Clara shows great strength of character when she makes the decision to leave the comforts of her lavish mansion and return to the one place that she thought of as home-Montana.   She had spent many summers on Uncle Paul and Aunt Madeline's sheep farm. She learned to cook, clean and take care of the animals, but more importantly she had learned about God and his empowering love.  12 years ago when her mother forced her to leave Montana she left a piece of her heart there and was in hopes of finding it again.  
I enjoyed this story.  It has an interesting plot with unexpected twists and turns that kept me turning the pages.  Just as she is settling into her new life she comes to face secrets her husband had kept from her.  Secrets that must be known if she is to have her heart's desire.  This story has elements of mystery, some suspense, humor and most of all faith.  This is the final installment in the series, but for me it was a stand alone as I have not read the first two books in the series.  I will be picking both of those up to read though. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good, clean read.  
**I received this book from the publisher for a honest review without bias or outside influence as stated above.