Monday, November 5, 2018

Nantucket Legacy 3

The Light Before Day (Nantucket Legacy #3)After three years on a whaling voyage, Henry Macy returns to Nantucket to news that his grandmother has passed, bequeathing her vast fortune to him and his sister, Hitty. And it was truly vast. But Lillian Coffin was no fool. The inheritance comes with a steep cost, including when they should marry and whom--a Quaker in good standing, of course. But if they relinquish the inheritance, it all goes to Tristram Macy, their father's thieving business partner.

As Hitty and Henry seek a way to satisfy the will's conditions, they'll be faced with obstacles on every side--and it may be that Lillian Coffin will have the last word after all.

Published October 2nd 2018 
by Fleming H. Revell Company

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Meet the Author:

Suzanne Woods FisherSuzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Phoebe's Light and Minding the Light, as well as the Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She has also written several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. Fisher lives in California. Learn more at and follow her on Twitter @suzannewfisher and Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor.

My Thoughts:

This is the third installment in the Nantucket Legacy series from Suzanne Woods Fisher. 
I was very excited to hear Hitty and Henry were getting their own book and was able to catch up with them all grown up.  Of course this story is told through a dual timeline of the seventeenth and the nineteenth century through "Old Mary's" diary.  Even though this book is part of a series I felt it was still a stand alone story.  
The author weaves words together to bring both the characters and setting to life for me.  Hitty and Henry have always had a close relationship as twins would, but the thoughtful Henry and the insecure Hitty must meet the terms of their grandmother's will in order to inherit.  I enjoyed watching them navigate the terms of the will.  Just when you think you have the story figured out  I found twists and turns that I hadn't guessed. Both characters are complex, but well developed.  
The plot quickly pulled me in and held me until the last page was turned. So, for me it was a one sitting read.   It is filled with many historical facts, so I know the author's research was thorough. 
I loved this book and it's probably my favorite in the series.  It's a book I would recommend to anyone who loves history, romance, or a good story. 

**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.  

Code of Honor #2

Hidden Peril (Code of Honor #2)
Published October 2nd 2018 
by Fleming H. Revell Company

The most dangerous enemy is the one who has nothing to lose
As teenagers, Kristin Dane and her two best friends took a vow to make the world a better place. Twenty years later, she's fulfilling that pledge through her fair trade shop that features products from around the world. All is well until, one by one, people connected to the shop begin dying. 

Detective Luke Carter, new to the St. Louis PD, wants to know why. Before he can answer that question, however, the FBI weighs in and Kristin suddenly finds herself in the middle of international intrigue--and in the sights of the ruthless mastermind behind an ingenious and deadly scheme. Can this cold-blooded killer be stopped before more people die . . . including Kristin?

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My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Code of Honor series from Irene Hannon, but I felt this was a book that is easily without reading the first one.  I would like to note that I advise anyone to read the first book to get the full impact of the series.  
I really enjoyed this book and read it in one setting.  The plot quickly pulled me in and held me until the last page.  I felt this was a fast paced suspense laced with a mystery and romance.  The characters are both strong and well developed.   For me the author brought the characters to life and made me feel like I could be friends with them.  I like how neither were afraid to show their faith.  Kristin was a person who wanted to help others have a better life.  She was always reaching out a hand to help anyone.  I like how the author conveyed genuine friendship between the two characters. 
For me this was a wonderful story and contained all the things I love in a story (suspense, mystery, faith, romance and love).  This is a book I would recommend to anyone who wants loves a good book. 

**I received this book from the publishers as part of their book bloggers program.  I was not expected to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Enchanting Nicholette- Everstone Chronicles Novella

In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again--this time for love...and to someone safe

As she acclimates to life in Back Bay again, Nicholette meets someone she can't help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices Cal Hawthorne takes on for the safety of others, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears of "what if" at bay?

Published October 9th 2018 
by Whitaker House

My Thoughts:

I became invested in Everstone Chronicles with the first book I read.  So, when I found out Dawn Crandall was writing a novella I knew I had to read it.  Needless to say I was not disappointed.  
This story centers around Nicholette Everstone, a young woman who was widowed on her wedding day.  In true "Crandall Style" I was immediately swept back to Boston 1893 where the story captures both time and place.  This young, woman intrigued me and made me want to get to know her better.  She is young, beautiful, and wealthy, but she is also so much more.  At her return everyone is encouraging marriage, but she wonders just how and where she will fit into society.  Yes, she would like to marry and have children, but at the same time she has unresolved feeling about her arranged marriage to William.  I like how the author makes this character feel real by showing her turmoil and grief with real and raw emotions.  
For me, this was a truly wonderful story.  I liked all the characters and revisiting characters from the previous books in the series.  There were elements of romantic tension, mystery, twists and turns, love, grief and faith which is perfect in a story for me.  
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves romance or historical fiction. 

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

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Amish Cooking Class Cookbook

Over 200 Practical Recipes For Use in Any Kitchen

Published February 1st 2018 
by Shiloh Run Press

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My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book.  I love cookbooks and can read them sort of like a novel.  I must admit that when I received this book, though I shouldn't have been, I was a little surprised.  The book contains a collection of recipes that Heidi taught in class in the author's Amish Cooking Class series.  Even though I had not read the books in the series I was still amazed at the ease I could slip into this book.  The variety of recipes come from women in various Amish Communities and I got really excited to see recipes that were from communities close to where I lived.  Basically the series is about Heidi Troyer who is married, but has not been blessed with children and looking for a purpose she offers cooking classes to all ages in her home.  
This book is divided into sections (chapters) that are very descriptive so you get a feeling for what's covered.  For instance, Advice from Fellow Cooks was not only interesting but also helpful for any new cook or even a seasoned cook who maybe trying something new.  Each section I found one or more recipes I plan to try.  Each come with step by step instructions that are easy to follow.  
This is a wonderful book that would make a great wedding gift or someone moving into their own home/apartment or even for someone like me who just loves cookbooks.  Even though this book is a companion to the author's series I feel it's definitely a stand alone book.  
*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.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Daughtry House Series #1

Published June 5th 2018 
by Revell

Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah Daughtry can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family's Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their ancestral land--until a hotel management agent for the railroad offers her hope for the future. 

If she'll turn her home into a hotel, Levi Riggins says, he can all but guarantee it will be saved. Selah isn't sure she entirely trusts the handsome Yankee. Yet what other options does she have? She'll have to stay on her guard . . . but she never expected to have to guard her heart.

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Meet the Author:

Beth White's day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she writes historical romance with a Southern drawl and is the author of The Pelican Bride and The Creole Princess. Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers' Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award. 
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My Thoughts:

This is the first book in a new series, The Daughtry House, from Beth White.  This historical sweeps the reader back to Mississippi approximately 5 years after the civil war where people were dealing with the aftermath of the war and the rebuilding of their lives.  The story details shows how much research the author put into the writing of the life and times of the era.  
As the story opens Ithaca Plantation is being raided by rebel Confederate soldiers as the daughters, as instructed, hid under the porch.  This is where we are introduced to Selah Daughtry, who by the way is my favorite character.  Being the oldest of three she is instructed by her mother to keep her sisters safe and out of harms way.  She takes this charge not only seriously, but to heart.  As the story progresses we see how she is always putting her sisters first and making decisions based on what's best for everyone.  One example is when she makes the decision to leave Ithaca after the death of her beloved mother to keep her sisters safe, then when she returns after the war to take charge of what was left of their plantation until her father returns from the war.  She is not domineering towards her sisters, but rather seeks their counsel when necessary in making decisions.  What I liked best about Selah was that instead of letting her past define her as a person, she used it to shape her instead by not only learning from mistakes, but also listening to her heart. She takes in young man and tries to help him even though she can barely feed herself.  She listens to Levi and places trust in him even though she has learned to trust no one but her family since the war started. She shows her strength of character from the first page. She goes from being a belle of the plantation to being the one who is in charge of making decisions she feels ill equipped to make, but learning to trust and depend on others for help.   
This historical romance also includes elements of mystery, faith, forgiveness, grief, trust and love.  The plot quickly pulled me in from page one and held me with each page turned.  This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a good, clean book.  I am really looking forward to the next installment in this series. 
**I received this book from the publisher via their book bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Thatcher Sisters

Published May 8th 2018
 by Tyndale House Publishers

It’s been ten years since Payton Thatcher’s twin sister died in an accident, leaving the entire family to cope in whatever ways they could. No longer half of a pair, Payton reinvents herself as a partner in a successful party-planning business and is doing just fine—as long as she manages to hold her memories and her family at arm’s length.
But with her middle sister Jillian’s engagement, Payton’s party-planning skills are called into action. Which means working alongside her opinionated oldest sister, Johanna, who always seems ready for a fight. They can only hope that a wedding might be just the occasion to heal the resentment and jealousy that divides them . . . until a frightening diagnosis threatens Jillian’s plans and her future. As old wounds are reopened and the family faces the possibility of another tragedy, the Thatchers must decide if they will pull together or be driven further apart.
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"Sometimes you just have to forget the other stuff and remember we're sisters."

Meet the Author:
Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A Christy Award winner, as well as an ACFW Carol Award winner, Beth’s first women’s fiction novel for Tyndale House Publishers, Things I Never Told You, releases May 2018.

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My Thoughts:

I loved this book!!
I love reading a good story, but this story swallowed me heart and soul.  
(Warning, this book should come with a box of tissues.)
Beth Vogt weaved words together that evoked so many emotions for me.  In fact, after reading the last page I found myself thinking of these characters. 
I knew when I received this book I would need to set aside time to immerse myself in the story, but I had no idea how deeply it would touch me.  
This is the first book about the Thatcher sisters/family.  Ten years ago the unthinkable happened, Pepper Thatcher was killed in an accident.  As you can imagine this was very difficult for the Thatcher family, but no one more than Payton who was Pepper's twin.  Every time Payton looks in the mirror she sees Pepper or what at least what she would have looked like.  Payton is coping with her loss the best that she can, but she is suddenly free falling without a safety net.  Normally your family would be there to catch you, but Payton has held her family at arm's length since Pepper's death. She's afraid if she loves too hard or gets too close and loses someone that the hurt will be more than she can endure, plus she's hiding a secret that she's afraid to reveal to anyone.  
Payton owns and operates a successful party planning business, so when her sister Jillian becomes engaged it's natural she would ask Payton for help.  Unfortunately Payton knows this means working with her older sister, Johanna, who is not only bossy, but also wants to organized everything.  She puts aside her anxiety and agrees for Jillian's sake, but with being around her family more than usual has brought her nightmares on with a vengeance.  Plus the resurface of Zachary Gaines  could also have an influence on her nightmares returning.  Zachary Gaines was the boy involved in Pepper's accident and knows the secret she's held close all this time. 
This captivating story immediately pulled me in immediately and held me, until I fell asleep at 3 am, until the last page was turned.  It captures emotions that are both real and raw.  Yes, I think this is a story everyone will love and I recommend it.  
**I received this book from the publisher.  I was not required to write a review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Monday, May 21, 2018

A Bradford Sisters Romance

Published May 1st 2018
 by Bethany House Publishers

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is reveling in the peace and quiet of her hometown right up until the moment she comes face-to-face with her ex-boyfriend, Corbin Stewart.
Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow is concerned. He's never been able to forget her, but Willow makes it crystal clear she's unwilling to risk her heart again.
When a decades-old mystery in Corbin's family brings them together, will the heartbreak in their past and the complications in their present keep them from falling for one another all over again?

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Meet the Author:

Becky Wade

Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.  When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.  She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance!  She’s the Christy and Carol award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.

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My Thoughts:

Oh my, I loved this story!!
This is the second installment in Becky Wade's A Bradford Sisters Romance series and I believe this is my favorite so far, but then again I say that with every book. Even though this book is part of a series it's definitely a stand alone.  
This captivating story has a sweet plot that immediately pulled me into the story and I didn't want to put it down until the last page was turned.  Hence, for me this was a one setting read.  
In this story we meet Willow who is the oldest sister in the Bradford family and the one who has longed to be the perfect daughter. Willow made some decisions that she regrets and this has affected her life profoundly, especially her faith. She has come home to run the family bed and breakfast for her mom until the recently hired lodge manager arrives.  Willow believes this will give her some much needed rest from her modeling career, plus she will get to spend much needed time with her sisters and family.  
 Corbin has moved to Washington for surgery and rehab after an injury that puts his NFL career in jeopardy when he runs into Willow again.  We also get a rich backstory of how Corbin and Willow know each other and how it influences their lives when they are reunited. 
Corbin's niece, Charlotte, is concerned about the mysterious disappearance of her great aunt, Josephine Blake, and enlists Willow's help.  Willow is forced to work with Corbin in helping Charlotte search for answers, but plans to only see Corbin when necessary. Corbin has plans to use this quest as a way to get close to Willow again and prove to her that he's not the same guy she met years ago.  
  This story shows elements of second chances, romantic tension, values, beliefs, mystery, crisis of faith and love.  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 an opinions are my own. 

I also want to mention that Becky Wade has written a novella that introduces this series and it is wonderful.

Then Came You: A Bradford Sisters Novella by [Wade, Becky]A leather-bound journal. A single father. A woman in pursuit of freedom.

Garner Bradford, heir to the troubled Bradford Shipping empire, doesn't know much about babies. But he's going to have to learn fast because he's just become a single father to his newborn daughter. As he confesses through his journal entries, he's not entirely sure how to keep a newborn alive, whether or not he'll ever patch together his shattered heart, or how to forgive himself for his mistakes.

Career girl Kathleen Burke is wholly uninterested in settling down. She has big dreams, and none of them include Garner and his small hometown in Washington State. Yet she can't seem to get her handsome boss out of her head or her heart. There's something extraordinarily tempting about his beautifully sad green eyes. . . . 

Told through journal entries, phone conversations, and letters, Then Came You is a unique, heart-stirring romance novella by acclaimed author Becky Wade.

Then Came You is available as a FREE e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Kobo. It's also available in print via Amazon and in audio via Audible.