Monday, May 22, 2017

Virtues and Vices of the Old West

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous:
love does not brag and is not arrogant.

~1Corinthians 13:4 NASB
Trusting Grace (Virtues and Vices of the Old West #3)

Published May 2nd 2017
        by Fleming H. Revell Company








All of her life, Grace Bidwell has longed for a loving husband and children, but now the chances of her dreams coming true are looking slim. Widowed and caring for her elderly father, she struggles to maintain her late husband's ranch, until she places an ad for a hired hand.

Robert Frasier arrives in town with three pitiful, bedraggled children who have nothing but the tattered clothes on their backs and a load of hurt, pride, and anger. Believing this is divine intervention in her life, Grace welcomes them with open arms. As feelings grow between her and Robert, Grace will have to convince him that she is a woman who can be trusted with his heart.


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My Thoughts:

This is a wonderful read!!
This heart touching story takes the reader back to Gallatin Valley located in the Montana Territory during the spring of 1866.  In this story we meet a variety of characters, but the story centers around Grace Bidwell and Robert Frasier.  Robert, who is recently widowed arrives in Gallatin Valley with a load of responsibilities that he never expected and lots of worries.  When Robert's wife died he found himself a single parent to 3 young children, no job and no place to live.  My heart aches for him and the children immediately.  When Grace's husband died her father moved in to help her with the potato farm, but since his illness she has been trying to shoulder all the responsibility for the farm and her father's care. 
I immediately loved Grace and her sweet nature.  She has always longed for a family, but with her loss the one thing she wants doesn't look possible. She is immediately drawn to Robert's children and her maternal instinct kicks in.  Robert has been hurt in the past by many things and has a hard time putting the past behind him.  His true character shows in the way he treats Grace's elderly father. 
This is a sweet plot that easy to get lost in combined with strong, well developed characters and that equals  a must read book.  The story flows effortlessly with unexpected twists and turns.  This story includes elements of mystery, raw and real emotions, faith, trust and love. 
This is a story  I would recommend to anyone. 
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 






Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Apart From the Crowd

Behind the Scenes (Apart from the Crowd, #1)
Behind the Scenes



Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn’t guaranteed to “take.” After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she’s finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym “Miss Quill.”
Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it’s simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country.
When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she’s determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she’ll end up at risk as well.
As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there’s more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated.




Published April 4th 2017
   by Bethany House Publishers  


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Meet the Author:

JenTurano
A USA Today Best-Selling Author, Jen Turano has written the critically acclaimed Ladies of Distinction series, and A Class of Their Own series, published through Bethany House Publishers. Her novel, After a Fashion, was chosen as a top pick from Romantic Times, as well as being named a top ten romance of 2015 from Booklist.  It is also a nominee for Romantic Times 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her book, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen as a top ten romance by Booklist in 2013. Her seventh book, Playing the Part, released in the spring of 2016, and will be followed by a new four-book series, Apart from the Crowd. When she’s not writing, Jen spends her time outside of Denver with her husband and neurotic Cattle Dog, enjoying herself as an empty-nester since her son recently abandoned her for the college life.




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My Thoughts:

I read a contemporary story, Finding Margo, by Jen Turano recently and absolutely loved it so when I saw she had a new release I knew I wanted to read it. 
The cover gave me a glimpse at the story it contained.  This story is set in New York during the spring of 1883 and centers around Miss Permilia Griswold. 
Permilia is a lovely, young woman who lost her mother at a very young age and was raised by her father.  Being raised by her father she has lived a vagabond lifestyle traveling with him as he continued grow his investment opportunities.  She was educated by tutors, but her social graces suffered as was often pointed out by her stepmother, Ida.  Ida was from a long line of Old New Yorkers known as the Knickerbocker set which traveled in the highest society circles. 
Permilia had no desire to travel in high society.  I liked her immediately.  She was down to earth and didn't look down on others, instead she tried to help others constantly.  She put up with a lot of constant criticism from her stepmother and stepsister.  Even at their worst she tried to see things from their side.   When society cast her into the roll of a wallflower she took it as their loss and not hers. One of the things is had gotten her was friends which was something she had missed during her formative years.  Of course being on the fringes of society is gives her to opportunity to take a job with a local newspaper and report on the events she attends.  She basically gives descriptions of the homes, dances and at times the gowns.  She doesn't divulge gossip though, so society tolerates her column.  She kept a positive attitude at all times. Permilia has a good heart and always tries to do the right thing.  
Asher Rutherford is one of the most sought after bachelors in New York. His one black mark is the he dabbles in trade according to society.  He opened up one of the most up and coming department stores and was experiencing a lot of success.  He was intrigued by Permilia.  He had never met a woman who though lacking social graces was ever bit a lady.  There first meeting consisted of her arguing with him over the price of ice skates and accused him of over charging his customers.  I did like Asher and his kindness to Permilia.  When she tells him about overhearing the plot for his murder he doesn't quickly believe her nor does he take her warning seriously until he finds himself as a target during an afternoon ride in Central Park. 
This is a sweet plot that flows effortlessly.  The author brings a spectacular read full of quirky characters, romantic tension, mystery, a little bit of suspense and lots of humor.  I was immediately drawn into the story from the first page and held there until the end.  Anyone who loves a good, humorous romance will enjoy this book. 
*I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

                 
The author wrote, At Your Request, a novella which introduces her new series, Apart From The Crowd. 
At Your Request is available now on Amazon for free.  Just click on the link:

At Your Request     



The next book in this series is set to be released in Nov. 2017.  Here's a brief description:

Miss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people’s trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene–until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society.
When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he’s unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hidden Justice

Beyond Justice (Hidden Justice #1)Beyond Justice
 Hayden McCarthy is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious D.C. law firm . . . if the case she's just been handed doesn't destroy her first.
Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain when justice is not served. It's why she became an attorney and why she's so driven in her career. When she's handed a wrongful death case against the government, she isn't sure if it's the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership—or an attempt to make sure she never gets there. She keeps the case alive through sheer determination and more than a little creativity, but then she's fired by a partner with a vendetta.
Further complicating matters, Hayden keeps finding herself completely distracted by Andrew, her roommate's cousin. But his father is a Congressman and she's currently taking on the government. Could the timing be any worse?
The longer she keeps the case active, the higher the stakes become. Unknown enemies seem determined to see either the case—or her—die. Should she fight alone for the dead young man by launching her own unfinanced firm, or abandon the case in order to save her own life?

Published April 4th 2017
 by Thomas Nelson 


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Here's a video interview With BookTrib of Cara discussing her book Beyond Justice:



I am always interested in how characters come together for authors.  If you check out Cara's 
Pinterest page for Beyond Justice it's full of her ideas for getting her characters. 
She does an excellent job of showing ideas she used that shaped her characters and the setting for her new book.  

Let me introduce you to the characters:

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Hayden McCarthy is from a small town in Nebraska.  She is currently living with her roommate Emilie Wesley whom she attended law school with.   She is an attorney at Elliot & Johnson and words under partner Gerard Campbell. 







julianne hough - Emily:  
 Hayden's roommate and friend.  Awarded the most Creative Argument in law school which works great since she currently works as a freelance writer for one of the Beltway's online investigate online sites.  She also works with domestic violence clients at a local shelter.   She is a cousin to Andrew Wesley.  





 


Andrew Wesley is the son on Congressman Scott Wesley who is now making a run for a vacant senate position.  Andrew spent a total of one semester in law school before he dropped out.  He felt if he finished he would never become his own man. Yet he has a secret he doesn't want made public. 







 My Thoughts:

Wow!!!
I love legal thrillers and this one ranks up there with the best of them.  
The cover gives the reader a hint at the journey Hayden is about to start.  She is given a case from her boss that could be ripped from the headlines.  I can't think of a news outlet or social media site where someone won't be addressing immigration.  Regardless  of your opinion it's a hot topic of discussion.  Hayden's case is basically that a immigrant crossed our borders without correct documentation, was detained and later died at the facility where he was detained.  Now the first question for her is, was the US responsible to provide for his safety during this time? Morally is a different question all together.  I really liked how when Hayden started her investigation into the case she looks are every possible loop hole and angle.  She is a determined young woman and has great morals and intuition.  She has a tough exterior that covers up her soft heart.  
Andrew is a "golden" boy so to speak.  He comes from a very political family, but has little use for politics.  He feels he's been used as a pawn most of his life in the political arena.  He currently works with legal immigrants to acclimate to living in the US.  He has a good heart and generally wants to help people.  He loves his family and is very loyal.  He has dreams like everyone else of one day having a family, but finding the right girl just hasn't happened yet.  
The plot is engaging and offers some spine tingling moments with the twists and turns.  It's full of suspense and turmoil.  If you like inspirational suspense then this book is perfect for you.  

**I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  


Meet the Author:

Cara PutmanCara C. Putman lives in Indiana with her husband and four children. She’s an attorney and a teacher at her church as well as lecturer at Purdue. She has loved reading and writing from a young age and now realizes it was all training for writing books. She loves bringing history and romance to life.

An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska, George Mason University School of Law, and Krannert School of Management, Cara left small town Nebraska and headed to Washington, D.C., to launch her career in public policy.

Cara is an author chasing hard after God as she lives a crazy life. She invites you to join her on that journey. She's currently writing her 25th book with more on the way. Please check out her website to learn more about her books and read first chapters.


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The next book in this series is set to be release in Dec. 2017.  Here's a brief look at it:


The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can't be talking about her client . . . but she can't prove it.

Imperfect Justice To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams snapped and killed her daughter and then was shot by police. However, attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story. Kaylene was a nurturer at heart looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive marriage. Kaylene's death shakes Emilie's world and her belief that she can make a difference for these women. Self-doubt plagues her, and she finds herself struggling to continue her work in the wake of tragedy. Reid Billings thought he knew his sister—right up until he learned of the manner of her death. He receives a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would take on his case, but Kaylene's letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him. Thrown together in the race to save Kinley Adams from a father who isn't all that he seems, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. But if they can hang on to hope together, maybe they can save Kinley—and find a future for themselves in the process.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hope Harbor #3

Come to Hope Harbor-
where hearts heal....and love blooms. 


Sandpiper Cove (Hope Harbor, #3) 
 Published April 4th 2017 
 by Fleming H. Revell Company 


Synopsis:

Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has plenty on her plate raising her son alone and dealing with a sudden rash of petty theft and vandalism in her coastal Oregon hometown. As a result, she has zero time for extracurricular activities--including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn't looking for love either--but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? Yet wishing for things that can never be is foolish.

Nevertheless, when Lexie enlists Adam's help to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks begin to fly. And as they work together, it soon becomes apparent that God may have a different--and better--future planned for them than either could imagine.

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Meet the Author:

IrenepicIrene Hannon is a bestselling, award-winning author who took the publishing world by storm at the tender age of 10 with a sparkling piece of fiction that received national attention.
Okay…maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But she was one of the honorees in a complete-the-story contest conducted by a national children’s magazine. And she likes to think of that as her “official” fiction-writing debut!
Since then, she has written more than 50 romantic suspense and contemporary romance/women’s fiction novels. She is a seven-time finalist for and three-time winner of the RITA award—the “Oscar” of romance fiction—and a member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Her books have also won a Daphne du Maurier award, two Carol awards, three HOLT Medallions, a National Readers’ Choice award, a Retailers Choice award, two Booksellers’ Best awards and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. One of her novels was also named by Booklist as a top 10 inspirational fiction books of 2011. In addition, she is a two-time Christy award finalist.
Irene, who holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full time. She is happy to say she has no regrets!
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and singing.  A trained vocalist, she has sung the leading role in numerous musicals, including “South Pacific,” “Brigadoon,” “Oklahoma” “The King and I” and “Anything Goes.” She is also a soloist at her church.
When not otherwise occupied, Irene and her husband enjoy traveling, Saturday mornings at their favorite coffee shop and spending time with family. They make their home in Missouri.


My Thoughts:

This is the third installment in the Hope Harbor series, but is easily a stand alone story.  I do encourage you to read the first two books to feel the full impact of the series though.  
This story takes place in a seaside village along the Oregon coast and the community literally comes alive.  The characters are very strong, but complex.  This story centers around Lexie Graham and Adam Stone.   
I love stories that show love can bloom between the most unlikely of characters so this book was perfect.  We all of guilty of making bad decisions, but what if that one bad decision has a lasting impact on your life.  As a young man, Adam Stone, did just that, made a bad decision.  That decision landed him in prison where he spent 5 years paying for his crime.  Reverend Baker from Grace Christian had ministered to him during prison and offered to help him get settled in Hope Harbor once he was released.  Adam has lived on  a lonely stretch of beach for 18 months working in construction, but his life is about to change. 
Lexie Graham, Chief of Police, has been dealing with a rash of vandalism in the area.  She must check into all possibilities and that includes Adam Stone.  She has heard nothing but good things about Adam, but he was an ex-con and  needs to be ruled out as a suspect.  Her arrival at his rental reveals more than she anticipated.  First he has also been a victim and second she finds a clue to who the perpetrator might be.
I really liked both of these characters.  Lexie and Adam have a past that has shaped them into the people they are, but are trying not to let their past define them.  Lexie doesn't let others opinions influence her, but instead seeks the truth out.  She stands firm on what she believes in.  She has a job to do and doesn't let her personal feelings get in the way.  She reaches out to help a young man that she feels is not only deserving, but also feels that it will prevent future grief.  I just loved how Adam was willing to open up about his past mistakes in order to help others. 
This is a book I would recommend to anyone.  
*I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Final Verdict

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. 
But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the father.
He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.
~1 John 2:1


Final Verdict 
Published April 4th 2017
 by Love Inspired Suspense

Synopsis:

 FATAL JUSTICE

When Aurora Daniels becomes the target of someone seeking their own twisted justice, Sheriff Beckett Marsh is the only one who can rescue her. As a public defender, Aurora has angered plenty of people in town and in her past. And while Beckett constantly clashes with the feisty lawyer professionally, it's his duty to protect and serve. Guarding her 24/7 is now his sole assignment. He may not have been able to save his fiancee from a dangerous felon, but he'll do whatever it takes to keep Aurora alive. Even if working with her to catch and convict this ruthless killer puts his heart in the crosshairs.

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Meet the Author:

Jessica R. Patch 

  Jessica R. Patch lives in the mid-south where she pens inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. When she’s not hunched over her laptop or going on adventurous trips in the name of research with willing friends, you can find her sneaking off to movies with her husband, watching way too much Netflix with her daughter, dominating her son at board games, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she'll probably never cook. She is the author of the Seasons of Hope series and writes for Love Inspired Suspense. Some of her novels include, Fatal Reunion, Protective Duty, Concealed Identity, and Final Verdict.



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My Thoughts:

Wow!! What a wonderful romantic suspense, but it's also so much more that that. I was immediately pulled into the story and kept turning the pages until the end. So for me this was a one setting book that I finished late at night, but it was so worth it. The engaging characters immediately wove their way into my heart. Aurora is a feisty, young attorney that has one goal and that's to help others. She wants to advocate for second chances for those deserving. Beckett Marsh, the town sheriff, is a former Navy SEAL who known to be meticulous at his job and takes his oath of protecting people seriously. When Aurora takes own a case that makes her a target Beckett's skills are tested. This is a fast paced story that has elements of suspense, mystery, romance and lots of faith. This is the first book I've read by this author, but it won't be the last. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good suspense.
*I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
 
 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Montana Rescue #2

Rescue Me (Montana Rescue, #2)When Deputy Sam Brooks commits to something, nothing can sway him--not just on the job as liaison between the Mercy Falls sheriff's department and PEAK Rescue, but in his private life. He's the one who stuck around to take care of his mother after his father's accidental death. And he's the one--perhaps the only one--who believes Sierra Rose is the perfect girl for him. Safe, practical, and organized, she's nothing like her hippie, impulsive, bleeding heart sister, Willow.

Willow, however, has been in love with Sam Brooks for as long as she can remember. But she wants her sister to have a happy ending. Besides, Willow has other things to focus on--namely, nabbing the job as youth pastor for her small-town church. Best thing for her to do is to purge Sam from her heart.

Neither can predict the events that will bring them together in a fight for their lives in the forbidding wilderness of Glacier National Park. Stranded, injured, and with the winter weather closing in, Sam and Willow will have to work together to save a crew of terrified teenagers. As they fight to survive, they might just discover a new hope for love.


Published January 31st 2017 
       by Fleming H. Revell Company 

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My Thoughts:

Susan May Warren has done it again!
She has written a book that I couldn't put down until the very last page was turned. 
In other words, I loved it!!
This is the second book in the Montana Rescue series, but even with it being part of a series this is definitely a stand alone story.  With that being said, I still recommend reading the first book so you can get the full impact of the series. 
When I first saw the beautiful cover it gave me a hint at the story it contained, but I must admit that I wasn't prepared for the full impact it would have.  From the very first page I was quickly pulled into the plot and knew it was a one setting read. 
Willow Rose is a beautiful, young woman who didn't have a traditional childhood.  Due to her mother's lifestyle she was raised in a commune located just north of Mercy Falls.  I truly loved this woman's commitment to both her church and her faith. She is hoping to get the Youth Pastor position.  She has been working with the youth for a while and has become close to them. 
Deputy Sam Brooks works for the Mercy Falls Sherriff's Department and is also the liaison with PEAK Rescue.  I fell a little in love with this character.  Sam has all these protective instincts that just radiate from him. He's used to stepping up and taking control during a crisis. 
This book has elements of suspense, romantic tension and lots of faith.  
I would recommend it to anyone.  
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

The Cimarron Legacy #2

Someone Will Stop At Nothing To Claim The Boden Homestead!!

Cover Art 
 The Boden clan thought their
problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they uncovered the real plot to take their 1880s New Mexico ranch? Justin Boden is a top rancher and a rugged man, and yet with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn't help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on.

With her and the doc's timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend. Now Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the threats facing them. It's clear now that everything that's occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades-old secret. Can they pull together all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the risk of losing the ranch even greater than any of them could imagine?


Published February 28th 2017 
 by Bethany House Publishers   


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Meet the Author:


Mary ConnealyMary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys always with a strong suspense thread. She is a two time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist.
She is the bestselling author of 48 books and novellas.
Her most recent three book series are: Cimarron Legacy, Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written four other series for Barbour Publishing and many novellas and several stand-alone books for multiple publishers.
Mary will be a published author for ten years in 2017 with nearly a million books in print. She has a degree in broadcast communications with an emphasis in journalism and has worked at her local newspaper.

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My Thoughts:

I started reading books from Mary Connealy years ago and when I hear she has a new one coming out I can hardly wait.  
Long Time Gone is the second book in her Cimarron Legacy series, yet with that being said this book is also a stand alone.  I do recommend reading the entire series to get the full impact of the series.  She released a prequel novella, The Boden Birthright, which gives a wonderful background for this series.  It's available in all e-book formats for free from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and ChristianBook.  
 I was quickly swept into this story and held there until the last page turned.  The setting is the New Mexico Territory in the 1880's and focuses on Justin Boden.  He is rough and tough, but underneath it all has the softest heart.  He and Cole, his brother, don't always see eye to eye on everything, but both always put family first.  Justin is a protector by nature and he will do whatever is necessary to protect his family.  As important factors emerge Justin realizes things are much more complicated than he ever thought.  One complication he never imagined took the form of Angie DuPree, the woman who had been assisting the doctor in taking care of Cole.  
This story has elements of suspense, mystery, romantic tension, and faith.  
 **I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.