Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Nantucket Legacy

When I heard Suzanne Woods Fisher was working on a new series I kept checking on her webpage on her webpage ( on her progress.  To say I was looking forward to the release would be an understatement.  She described growing up hearing her mother talk of visiting the island as a child and the adventures she experienced.  This developed her fascination and love for the island.  In late 1980's she visited the island for the very first time.  A stirring in her heart made her know that their were strong and courageous women who had walked the same places her feet touched and their story needed to be told.  I don't know about you, but that within itself grabbed me by the heart.  Yes, I too wanted to know and experience more.  

Let me introduce to you Phoebe's Light.  This is the first book in the series. 

Phoebe's Light (Nantucket Legacy #1)
Published February 6th 2018
by Flemming H. Revell Company

Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she's doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a "minder" on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Mitchell, a man whom she loathes.

Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary's journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe's shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way--just in time.

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In celebration of the release of the first book in the series the author is hosting a trivia of Nantucket Island with lots of giveaways included.  Hop over to her blog and check out the fun. 

My Opinion:

I loved this book and look forward to the upcoming books in this series. 
When the book arrived I was immediately captivated by the cover.  I imagine this would be what Phoebe looked like standing on the shore of Nantucket watching for the Fortuna to arrive.  The author provides a list of characters and descriptions,  also a glossary with the language of 18th-Century Nantucket to help the reader.  I read through both before starting the story. 
This book is a story within a story.  Let me explain.  This book centers on Phoebe Starbuck and begins the day of her 18th birthday.  Her father, Barnabas, gives her a weathered book bound in sheepskin which turns out to be a journal her great grandmother had written about her family being one of the first proprietors to settle on the island.  It gives a rich backstory and adds a mystery to the book.  
As the opening pages introduces us to Phoebe she appears as any girl would be on the morning of her birthday.  She is full of anticipation, hopes and dreams of the future.  She shows a great devotion and love for her father, but she knows he also has his shortcomings.  Her interests of a romantic nature lean towards Phineas Fougler the whaling captain of Fotuna and also one of the most admired men on the island.  This very day Phineas takes a special interest in Phoebe to her greatest delight. Phoebe has always taken care of her father, which has been a chore in and of itself, but she feels that now is the time to focus on her future. As Phineas increases his interest to Phoebe, to the shock of many,  she suddenly finds herself preparing for a marriage and leaving the island behind to follow her husband on his ship.  Suddenly Phoebe is facing problems she never imagined, from sickness to betrayal, and we see the girl grow into a woman of much courage and faith.  
As I said, I loved this book.  With the sweep of the hand Suzanne Woods Fisher weaved words together that evoked both laughter and tears. The story captures the time, place, values and beliefs.  There are twists and turns when characters find things more complicated than they ever imagined which leads a hint of mystery.  From the complex characters, romantic tension, crisis of faith and the consistent plot I was drawn in from the first page and didn't close the book until the end.  This is a book 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. 

Coming July 2018
This is the second installment in the Nantucket Legacy series. 

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Six long years ago, Captain Reynolds Macy sailed away from his bride, looking forward to the day when he would return to Nantucket Island with a ship's hold full of whale oil. But when that momentous day finally arrives, Ren soon discovers that everything has changed in his absence. Everything. "Is nothing on this island as it appears to be?" he whispers in despair.

Unlike most islanders, bold and spirited Daphne Coffin doesn't defer to Ren as an authoritative whalemaster, but sees through his aloofness to the aching heart beneath. She encourages him to return to his Quaker roots and "mind the Light," finding solace in God and community. As Ren becomes the man she believes him to be--honorable, wise, faithful--she finds herself falling in love with him.

But how can she, when her heart is spoken for? Tristram Macy is Ren's business partner, cousin, and best friend--and Daphne's fiancé. Love always comes at a cost, but when is the price too high?
Suzanne Woods Fisher welcomes readers back to the Quaker community on Nantucket Island for this riveting love story, full of unexpected moments.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Lacemaker

It is the eve of a new age of freedom in the colonies. 
But can a proper English lady dare hope for her own independence?

Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson has nearly everything a lady of her position could want. Daughter of the British lieutenant governor of the Virginia Colony and a darling of fine society in a rugged land, she is anticipating an advantageous marriage. That her betrothed is a rake and love is lacking is of little consequence--or so she tells herself.

Though her own life seems in order, colonial Williamsburg is a powder keg on the verge of exploding, and her fiancé's cousin Noble Rynallt carries the flame of revolution in his heart. Those with connections to the British nobility are suspected as spies, and Liberty soon finds herself left with a terrible choice. Will she stay true to her English roots? Or side with Noble and the radical revolutionaries?

Published January 2nd 2018
 by Revell

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My Review:

I loved this book!!
The beautiful cover gives a glimpse at the magnificent story enclosed.  As I opened the first page I was immediately drawn into the story.  Elisabeth Lawson is a lady of position and all that entails in society by being the daughter of the British Lieutenant Governor for the Virginia Colony.  Her mother, who has been very vocal about her political thoughts, is currently in London, but due home at any time.  Elisabeth seems like a young woman who has never been given the opportunity to think for herself, but has always followed orders as expected.  This character tugged on my heart and reminded me of how far women have come and what those before us had to endure.  
The author weaves words together that bring the characters and setting to life for me.  The characters are engaging, endearing and complex.  When Elisabeth finds herself abandoned by her father, penniless and suddenly alone she must reach inside herself and find out if she has the strength to take care of herself.  I loved the journey that Elisabeth took to find her true self and love.  
This is a book I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good clean story or a story centered around historical events.  
I received this book from the publisher as part of their book blogger program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Hearts Entwined

Four Historical Romance Novellas of Love (With a Twist of Humor)

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The ways of love can be complex. Sometimes a relationship full of unexpected twists and unlikely turns leads to a bond that's strong and secure. Join Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears for novellas that follow the winding path of romance in stories that celebrate a love that lasts forever.

The Love KnotWhen Claire Nevin's troubled younger sibling sends her an unexpected package by rail, the gift and the man who delivers it--an unexpected face from the past--threaten to upend Claire's life forever. Fighting to hold on to all she has built, will she lose what matters most?

The Tangled Ties That BindConnor Kincaid returns home determined to win the hand of the woman he was too young for when he left. But Maggie is training to be a doctor in a distant town, while Connor's about to settle on a ranch. Will either be willing to give up their dream? Or will they both have to give up the love of a lifetime?

Bound and DeterminedAs punishment for his recklessness, Private Bradley Willis is sent on an errand to help a retired cavalry officer move a herd across Indian Territory. No one told him the herd would be camels instead of cattle, nor that the officer's headstrong daughter, Ambrosia Herald, would seem to be trying to undermine the whole enterprise. He's definitely been saddled with more than he's bargained for.

Tied and TrueWealthy Marianne Lister is in love with business assistant Calvin Hochstetler, but he can't see past the difference in their social status. When Marianne takes a job to prove that she is prepared for a life of hard work alongside the man of her dreams, will it be enough to convince Calvin to risk it all for love?

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My Opinion:
What a wonderful collection of historical novellas!! I found myself getting lost in each story and being captivated until the end.  They each include faith, forgiveness, hope, humor, trust, but most of all love.  In the first book we find a young woman who left New York with a broken heart and settled in Texas.  When an unexpected package arrives on the train from her sister, she is both surprised by the package and the person who brought it. Now she needs to learn forgiveness and learn to trust again. In the second book we meet a young man who's returning home to Colorado after spending the last 5 years in Texas.  He thinks he has his life all planned out, but he should have known things were not going to go his way when he ran into an overprotective mother buffalo. (I loved this scene.) Connor must figure out how to convince a young woman how deeply his feelings for her are.  The third story is set in the Indian Territory in August 0f 1885. We meet a young man who is in the cavalry and is sent to help move a herd.  Just one problem, the herd isn't cattle, but camel. He must deal with not only the camel, but an intriguing and irritating female who was trying to sabotage her father's plans and thereby his mission.  The last novella was set in Kansas City, Missouri in September of 1908.  In this novella we meet a young totally captivated by a young man, who she knows her parents would think is completely below her because of the difference in finances.  The heart wants what the heart wants and she will do anything to convince everyone otherwise. 
I enjoyed each of these stories thoroughly.  Of course, for me this wasn't a surprise since I enjoy the author's books.   I found myself going from one book to the next until I finished the very last page.  This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a good story, likes to feel apart of each story and likes a story that will put a smile on your face.  
I received this book from the publisher as part of their book blogger program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Blue Justice #1

A murdered partner. A missing brother. Will Isabelle's silence protect those she loves . . . or delay justice?

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Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she's never without someone to hang out with--or fight with. And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?

Published January 2nd 2018
 by Fleming H. Revell Company 

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My Review:

Lynette Eason has written another hit. 
I loved this story!!
We are introduced to the family this series will center around, the St. Johns.  This book centers around Izzy, who is currently an officer for the city of Columbia, South Carolina.  She comes from a family that is involved with law enforcement in some sort of way.  Her mother just happens to be the police commissioner and her father is an attorney.  Izzy seems like a woman who seems very relaxed, yet confident in both her professional and personal life.  The loss of her partner hits her very hard, not only did she work with Kevin, but she had also grown up with him. 
This is a fast paced, edge of your seat story.  When I opened this book to the first page I was hit by how close Izzy seems with her family and that pulled me in.  She is a character I could see as a friend I could have coffee with or confide a secret to.  Yet, when her partner dies suddenly she morphs into a person on a mission to find answers and tucks all her pain away until she has those answers.  Unfortunately to find those answers she must face some hard truths which has the potential to break her heart.  Suddenly Izzy finds things more complicated than she ever imagined as twists and turns takes her into a plot much larger than just Kevin's murder.  
This story has elements of intrigue, suspense, faith, trust, and love.  
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a suspense.  I will tell you for me this was a one sitting read.  I just couldn't put it down until the last page was turned.  
*I received this book from the publisher as part of their book blogging program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Meet the Author:

Lynette EasonLynette Eason is the best selling, award winning author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, the Hidden Identity Series and the currently releasing Elite Guardians series. She writes for Revell and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. She has won several awards including the 2013 Carol Award for WHEN A HEART STOPS in the Romantic Suspense category. Lynette teaches at writing conferences all over the country. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA).

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Coming Soon.....

Set to be released July, 2018

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For the past year, Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. After being dumped by her fiancŽ for another woman, Chloe has decided that Hank is just about the only male she likes. She's over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on doing her job. Because a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.

When US Marshall Blake MacCallum's daughter goes missing, he's ordered to kill the judge he's protecting and tell no one about his daughter's disappearance or she will die. Blake races against the clock to rescue his daughter while Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man, but thanks to her previous bad judgment, she wonders if she can trust him. And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tales From Ivy Hill #2

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill, #2)

Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for?

Rachel's friend and hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and fills her days managing her girls' school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what--or who--has captured each man's attention? The truth may surprise them all.

Meanwhile, life has improved at the coaching inn and Jane Bell is ready to put grief behind her. Now if only the man she misses would return--but where is he?

As the women of Ivy Hill search for answers about the past and hope for the future, might they find love along the way?

Published December 5th 2017
 by Bethany House Publishers

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My Review:

This is the second book from Julie Klassen in the Tales from Ivy Hill series, but the first in the series I have read.  With that being said, I do feel this is a stand alone story. The author provides enough background that I was never This series is set in the 1820's and centers around the small town of Ivy Hill located just outside of Wiltshire, England. I was immediately drawn into the story from page one. I loved Rachel, Jane and Mercy for the support, friendship and faith they had in each other.  Rachel has suffered a great loss, but has the fortitude to face the past and look to the future with great hope. Mercy thinks she has everything set in her life until a little girl shows her what her heart truly desires, but will her parents step in a forbid her greatest desire? Jane has a plan and that's to remodel her inn and improve business. This is a story about friendship, faith, secrets, second chances, and love.  This is a book I would recommend to anyone. 
 I received this book from the publisher as part of their book blogging program.  I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Chesapeake Valor #3

The Wrath Is Coming.
But They Don't Know Where-
Or When. 

Published October 3rd 2017
 by Bethany House Publishers

"The wrath is coming" were the final words that FBI agent Declan Grey heard the suicide bomber say. Now Declan is in the chase of his life--but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after or when the threat will be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation's best clue leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw for assistance. She's sought justice for refugees and the displaced around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner. 

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. As they work together to uncover the mounting threat, the tension between them also includes a spark she can't deny--and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything more can develop, they find themselves in a race against time to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives. 

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Meet the Author:

Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has written eight novels, which have sold more than 300,000 copies. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance novel. Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today).
Dani’s adventure-focused Alaskan Courage series climbed the CBA best-seller lists, with Submerged staying in the top twenty for five consecutive months. The five-book series also won multiple awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award, two HOLT Medallions, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others. She turns her attention to crime and law enforcement in her home state of Maryland in her new Chesapeake Courage series, starting with Cold Shot, which Library Journal called, “a harrowing and thrilling ride.” 

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My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book.  
Dani Pettrey introduced us to some incredible men in the first book of this series, Cold Shot, who grew up together and formed a bond that would last a lifetime. Declan is a FBI agent, Griffin is a detective, Parker is a CSI and Luke, well he took off in college and no one has heard from him in years. 
Two months ago Declan stumbled upon some incredible evidence, a dying man's declaration, that leads him to believe there's an imminent threat against the country.  Tanner Shaw has recently been hired as a crisis counselor with the bureau and with Declan's partner being on leave of absence his boss assigns them to work together.  Declan and Tanner have not always seen eye to eye on things so he's somewhat reluctant to bring her in on this case, plus his attraction for her could be distracting to say the least.  Tanner knows Declan is not fond of her so she feels working with him is going to add a lot of tension and stress to her life that she really doesn't want or need.  
I think this is my favorite book in this series, of course I say that about every book the author writes.  I have to admit with the rich backstory this series is very addicting. Even though this book is part of a series, it's an easy stand alone story.   This book is full of twists and turns that leads to spine tingling suspense.  The characters are engaging and quickly pulled me in to the story with the first page and held me until the last page was turned.  Yes, this was a one setting read for me.  This book has elements of suspense, romantic tension, turmoil, and faith.  I liked that the characters were not ashamed of their beliefs and values.  
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a good suspense.  
**I received this book from the author via 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. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Christmas Blessing

She's determined to give her baby a better life. 
Could a Christmas miracle make it possible?

Not long after she receives the news in 1944 that her baby's father was shot down in the South Pacific, Amelia Richards loses hope. Jobless and broke, she has nowhere to turn for help but her infant's paternal grandparents. The only problem is, they don't know that she--or their grandson--exists. 

When Amelia discovers the family is wealthy and influential, dare she disclose the truth of her relationship with their son? Or could the celebration of the arrival of another unexpected baby nearly two thousand years ago be the answer to her dilemma?
The Christmas Blessing
Published September 5th 2017
 by Fleming H. Revell Company

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Meet the Author:

Melody CarlsonMelody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. 

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.

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My Thoughts:

I always look forward to Melody Carlson's Christmas themed books released in the fall.  I believe a lot of people will call this a novella, but I think it's too long for that title.  I will say that it is easily a one sitting book though.  
This book is set during World War II.  It is a well written story that captures both time and place.  It flows effortlessly and is consistent. To describe the story I would say it's full of emotions, both raw and real.  The characters are engaging.  I liked Amelia Richards and wanted her to get the happily ever after ending she deserves.  This story does touch on some tough issues, but I did feel they were resolved realistically.  This is probably not my favorite Christmas themed book, but it's still a great read.  I found some spiritual aspects in the book, but must say I expected more. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a feel-good story.  
*I received this book from the publisher as part of their blogger program.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.