Monday, April 23, 2018

Montana Rescue #5

Life and love hang in the balance during a deadly summer of storms.

Expected publication: May 2018
 by Revell

A tornado has destroyed a small Minnesota community, and among the missing are not only a group of students but also PEAK Rescue team leader Chet King. Ty Remington will stop at nothing to rescue his mentor, not even when the girl he loved--and lost--walks back into his life. But Brette needs his help more than he knows, despite her stubborn determination to push him away. And when he gets a second chance, loving her just might cost him more than he can imagine.

A blogger for Vortex Storm Chasers, Brette Arnold didn't expect her adventures to land her in the same place as Ty, the guy who she walked--no, ran--from over a year ago. She had her reasons--good ones. The kind that tell her that falling for him again would only lead to heartache. But Ty isn't the kind of man to give up--not on the missing students or on her.

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Meet the Author:




Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than 1 million books sold, including Wild Montana SkiesRescue MeA Matter of TrustTroubled Waters, and Storm Front. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT Medallion and numerous Readers' Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She makes her home in Minnesota.



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My Thoughts:

This is the fifth installment in Susan May Warren's Montana Rescue series. I feel this is a stand alone book, meaning that the author gives enough background that it's unnecessary to read the other books in the series.  I do however recommend reading the other books in the series to get the full impact of the series.  
I loved this book!!
This book centers around PEAK Rescue located in Mercy Falls, Montana and it's team members.  This is Ty's story.  
Ty Remington works as an EMT at PEAK Rescue and has for the past two years since the helicopter crash that injured him and his close friend/mentor, Chet King.  Ty, in recent weeks has been considering a change.  He just doesn't feel needed or a valuable member of the team.  18 months ago a chance meeting with Brette Arnold had a huge impact on Ty and forgetting this woman was proving hard to do. 
Brette Arnold has been riding out the storms of life both up close and at a distance.  She is a blogger/photographer with Vortex Storm Chasers.  Storms are unpredictable and chaotic, but for Brette, they captivated and enthralled her.  She has experienced a storm of her own.  18 months ago after and emergency appendectomy a suspicious lump was found in her breast and her storm started.  During the past year chemo had ravaged her body and along the way she lost herself.  Now she is looking for something bigger that will help her forget this past year and maybe along the way find hope for the future. 
Wow, what incredible characters, right? Now here comes a F-4 tornado barreling through Minnesota and hits the towns of Duck Lake and Nixon.  A call comes from Ben King that his father Chet King, a valuable member of PEAK, was missing after a tornado had hit the area he was vacationing.  All PEAK members load up and head to Minnesota to start what they do best, search and rescue.  The founders of Vortex are from the small towns just hit by the tornado so they head for home.  Brette goes to lend a helping hand to her friends.  
This story brings forth so many emotions.  Brette's story is enough to bring tears to your eyes, but one that is more common that we realize.  Cancer of any kind strikes fear in your heart and mind.  I think when someone is in the battle it's all about the fight and when you're finished with treatment that no one wants to hope for more, just take it one day at a time.  On the other hand when a natural disaster strikes one of the first things you do is hope.  One minute I was on the edge of my seat and the next I wanted to give Brette and Ty a hug. 
As I stated I loved this story and the series.  The engaging characters quickly pulled me into the story.  Both Ty and Brette are both strong and deep characters.  For me, the plot was fast paced and filled with twits and turns.  This was a one setting read for me.  Once I picked it up I couldn't up it down until I turned the last page and even then I still found myself thinking about the characters.
This story has elements of suspense, romantic tension, raw/real emotions, hope, trust, faith, fear, and love.  I would recommend this book to anyone who love a great book or loves supsense.  
**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, April 17, 2018

Hope Harbor #4

Pelican Point by Irene Hannon 
Published April 3rd 2018 
 by Fleming H. Revell Company  

In the midst of life's storms, unexpected love is a beacon of hope.

A crumbling lighthouse is not part of the inheritance Army doctor Ben Garrison expects to claim when he journeys to Hope Harbor. Fresh out of the service, he wants only to unload the tower of bricks, decompress from years of treating battlefield trauma, and prepare to launch his civilian
career.

Hope Harbor Herald editor Marci Weber has other ideas. She may not be a Hope Harbor native, but the small Oregon seaside town has become home--and she's determined to save the Pelican Point landmark.

Sparks fly as the two go head-to-head over the fate of the lighthouse. But when they start to cooperate, a different kind of fire ignites. Can Hope Harbor heal the hearts of these two romance-wary souls?
  

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My Thoughts:


This is the fourth installment in the Hope Harbor series, but with that being said I feel this is a stand alone story. The author brings us a touching story. The author takes us to the Oregon coast where we meet Ben Garrison, an army surgeon, who has just flown from the middle east to prepare a memorial service for his grandfather, to settle the estate and to start his civilian life. Ben has fond memories of the area from the summers he spent with his grandfather. Nothing prepared him for the news of his inheritance of Pelican Point Lighthouse and the total shambles it's fell into.
Marci Weber has lived in Hope Harbor for two years where she owns and runs Hope Harbor Herald. She had became friends with Ned Garrison and his death has hit her hard. Her first introduction to his grandson was not what she had expected or even hope for. Both have a common interest, Pelican Point Lighthouse, but for not the same reasons. Ben wants to sell it and Marci wants to save it.
This is a well written book and it makes me want to visit Hope Harbor. It has a sweet plot that immediately pulled me it. It includes elements of mystery, intrigue, humor, grief, love, and faith. The characters are both engaging and endearing to me. I could see myself sitting on a bench having a conversation with both. The setting is both realistic and perceptive so it captured both time and place for me. The character is this entire series that intrigues me the most is Charley and is scrumptious food. I have never had a fish taco, but would definitely try one of his while getting some life advice from him.
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who love a good, clean read. It touches on the tough subject of PTSD, but I think it is written with a realistic view. 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.


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Teaville Moral Society #3

A Chance at Forever (Teaville Moral Society, #3) 


Mercy McClain joined the school board to protect the children of Teaville, Kansas, from the bullying she experienced as a child. When the worst offender from her school days applies for a teaching position, she is dead set against it. Yet Aaron Firebrook claims to be a changed man. Can he earn Mercy's trust--and her support for the challenges to come?


Published March 6th 2018
 by Bethany House Publishers







My Thoughts:

This is the third installment in the Teaville Moral Society from Melissa Jagears. This book is part of an installment, but can be read as a stand alone. The author sweeps the reader back to Kansas 1909 and introduces us to Mercy McClains and Aaron Firebrook. Mercy is an interesting character. She has an obvious disability with her arm and as a result has had to overcome many things in her life. At present she is helping her brother and sister in-law run and manage a local orphanage plus she serves on the school board council. As the story opens Mercy and the school board are in search for a teacher for the upcoming year. Unfortunately for Mercy she immediately recognizes the candidate from her own school days as not only a fellow student, but also her greatest tormentor.
George Aaron Firebrook has recently returned to his hometown. Aaron as he is known now has changed from the young man who left Teaville, but memories are lasting and for Aaron that is not good. His growing up years were troubled and he became known, but also lived up to being the biggest bully in town. Mercy literally holds his future in Teaville in her hands. Can she put the past behind her or will her judgement be forever overshadowed by memories?
I really enjoyed this book. It is a very written story. The plot is full of twists and turns that just when you think you've figured it out another important factor surfaces, for me this is very engaging and kept me turning the pages. This book does broach the issue of school bullying, but I feel it's something that was resolved realistically.
This is a book that I would recommend to anyone who loves history or just a good, clean read. 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. 


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Secret Past

For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest;
neither anything hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
                     ~Luke 8:17


Published April 3rd 2018
 by Love Inspired Suspense  


Her life is a lie
She’s not who she thinks she is

With gunmen at her doorstep, Katie Tribani learns her true identity. She’s been in witness protection since childhood, and now her crime-lord father has found her. As bullets fly, US marshal Daniel Knight whisks her to safety—but not for long. Captured and held prisoner, only Katie can unearth her secret past…if she can survive long enough.
 


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My Thoughts:

I loved this book!!
I think debut author Sharee Stover has written a hit. I was immediately drawn into the story and held until the last page was turned.  This story is full of edge of your seat suspense, romantic tension, engaging characters, raw/real emotions and faith.  For me this is the combination of a great story. 
I immediately was drawn to Katie.  She appears to be the girl next door living in a small community in Nebraska.  Suddenly secrets are revealed and she is literally running for her life.  Some may think she's an innocent victim and I guess to some extent she is, but as the story progresses her strength of character proves she's a survivor.  
This is a fast paced plot full of twists and turns that kept me not only reading, but engaged in the outcome of the story.  The author's use of imagery brought the setting to life for me.  The characters are both strong and realistic.  Katie is someone I can imagine having as a friend.  Daniel is a character with a tough exterior and a softer side.  
This of course is the first book for the author so she is a new author for me. I loved her writing style from the  first page, so I will anxiously await her next book.  
I received this book from the author via the publisher.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  


The Author:


 
Colorado native Sharee Stover lives in Nebraska with her real-life-hero husband, three too-good-to-be-true children and two dogs. A self-proclaimed word nerd, she loves the power of words to transform, ignite and restore. She writes Christian romantic suspense combining heart-racing, nail-biting suspense and the delight of falling in love all in one. When she isn’t writing, Sharee enjoys reading, crocheting and walking with her obnoxiously lovable German Shepherd.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Everyday Heroes #1

I was so excited to learn that Margaret Daley is writing a new series, Everyday Heroes. 
This series will be centered around ordinary men who step up when needed and help out, regardless of the situation.  She has just released her first book:

Hunted (Everyday Heroes Book 1)


About the Book:.

Murder. On the Run. Second Chances. 
Luke Michaels' relaxing camping trip ends when he witnesses a woman being thrown from a bridge. He dives into the river to save her, shocked to find her wrapped in chains. As a canine search and rescue volunteer, Luke has assisted many victims, but never a beauty whose defeated gaze ignites his primal urge to protect. When Megan Witherspoon's killers make it clear they won't stop, Luke fights to save her, but can he keep her alive long enough to find out who is after her? 

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My Opinion:

I loved this book and definitely look forward to reading more books in the series.  The author introduces us to our first hero, Luke Michaels, who in taking some down time from his job with search and rescue when he witnesses a woman struggling with two men who then throw her off a bridge into the frigid Kentucky River.  I was immediately drawn to this character who jumps into action and dives in to save her.  

"He dove down. The murky river limited his vision.  He searched, sweeping his arms in front of him.  He didn't want to add her death to the others he hadn't been able to save.  He surfaced, drew in a deep breath, then went back down.  His lungs hurt. Would she even still be alive if he found her?"

This passage told me so much about this man and cemented his hero status in my mind.  He didn't think twice about what he was doing, just sprung into action and drags Megan Witherspoon from the depths of the cold river.  
Megan is a teacher at the local elementary school and her last thought is waking up in the trunk of a car.  She remembers being at school trying to prepare her room for the upcoming school year and hearing a noise in the hall, after that nothing.  She lost her mother recently, lives alone and can't think of anyone who would want to harm her.  She assumes is must be a case of mistaken identity, but when she and Luke find her house in ashes they know something is amiss.  Luke promises to help keep Megan safe until they can figure out who wants her dead. 
I really enjoyed this book.  I was pulled into the story from the very first page.  The plot is full of twists and turns which leads to a wonderful suspense.  This is a fast paced story that is full of mystery, suspense, trust, faith, and a romance. The characters are facing circumstances that are far more complicated than they ever imagined.  This is a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys suspense of mystery.  






Monday, March 12, 2018

Why I Hate Green Beans

When Revell offered this book for review I immediately felt that it was one I would like so I applied.  It arrived with several other fiction books I had been looking forward to reading, so needless to say it was placed on my TBR stack by my bed.  Had I of known then what I know now I would have opened it immediately.  Let me introduce to you debut author Lincee Ray's book:

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Published February 6th 2018
 by Revell

If there is one thing Lincee Ray has learned over the years, it's that the majority of women on the planet struggle with insecurities. Our skinny jeans mock us. Our just-trying-to-help mothers are just driving us crazy. Our social media feeds taunt us with everyone else's picture-perfect lives. It's enough to send you on a gummy-bear bender while binge-watching Friendsreruns and not showering for a week. Lincee knows. She's been there. Right there, in fact. Gummy bears and all.

For every woman who's ever wondered if she's unlovable, uninteresting, or unattractive, Lincee offers her particular brand of hilarious (and hard-hitting) self-reflection. Like a true friend, she shows us that the fastest way to happiness is to embrace ourselves in all our imperfection, trust that God knew what he was doing when he made us, and maybe go buy a new tube of mascara. Walk alongside Lincee as she discovers that her identity is not found in her job, her relationship status, her bank account, or her social circle. It's found in Christ.
 


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Meet the Author:

LinceeI began blogging accidentally when I wrote a recap for the beloved show everyone loves to hate — The Bachelor. What began as a place for closeted fans to commune and discuss the wonder that is Our Host Chris Harrison slowly morphed into a place where I share stories about everyday life.
One day, my Bachelor recap landed on the desk of an editor at Entertainment Weekly. That sweet woman quickly deduced that I am a pop culture weirdo who probably watches all of the teenybopper shows on The CW. She was right. When I’m not watching TV for a living, you can probably find me speaking to various groups of women, including business and church groups. If all else fails, look for me in a darkened movie theater or at a live music venue.
I taught myself to say the ABCs backwards as a child. It kills at parties. I really do hate green beans and am a little too enthusiastic about Netflix, mix tapes and holiday-themed Oreos. I also believe that it’s important to tell your story—even the ones that make you seem a little crazy.
Thanks for hanging out in my little corner of the World Wide Web. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or just want to say hello. Please note that if you’re emailing to tell me how incredible your grandma’s green bean casserole is, I appreciate the gesture, but I’ve tried an array of recipes and I can confirm that they all smell like feet. I appreciate you for offering, but I’m going to have to pass.
My Thoughts:
I loved this book.  The author opens up and tells her story.  This story will bring both a smile to your face and you might shed a tear while reading it.  It brought forth so many emotions for me.  Lincee is much younger than me, but when she opened up about her memories from school I was right there going through my own memories, insecurities, mistakes and successes.  I was hooked right then and there.   As she opens up about her life up until this point I read both raw and real emotions.  She encourages other women by saying none of us are perfect, far from it, but when we depend on God all things are possible.  While reading this book I kept thinking I wish I would tell Lincee that I understood what she was going through and that I would love to be her friend.  Yes, this is a book that you can relate to.   
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.  


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sunrise at Normandy

The Sea Before Us

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Published February 6th 2018
 by Revell

In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a "Wren" in the Women's Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France--including those of her own family's summer home--in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans.

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.

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Meet the Author:

Sarah Sundin


Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of The Sea Before Us (February 6, 2018), the Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters DeepAnchor in the StormWhen Tides Turn), the Wings of the Nightingale series, and the Wings of Glory series. Her novels Through Waters Deep and When Tides Turnwere named to Booklist's "101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years." Through Waters Deep won the 2016 INSPY Award and was a Carol Award finalist.

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California. She works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women's Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers' groups.




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My Thoughts:

I was very excited to see Sarah Sundin was writing a new series, Sunrise at Normandy.  The release of the first book,  The Sea Before Us, she introduces us to the Paxton family from Texas where there are three boys of whom have reunited in celebration of Wyatt's graduation and return to Kerrville to take over as his father's manager of Paxton Trucking.  Wyatt is the oldest and this book follows his tour of duty with the Navy which takes him to Kensington, London, England.  
As Wyatt steps on foreign shores he's determined to put his troubled past behind him and put his training into action as plans are made for the naval bombardment of Normandy.  Wyatt is confronted with learning cultural differences between his upbringing and the English way of life.  Wyatt has a strong faith in God. 
Dorothy Fairfax is another key character in this story.  She and her father live in Kinsington where he runs a small railway shipping company.  Dorothy at present works for the Women's Royal Naval Service, WREN, for short where she pieces together photos from France that people have supplied them with.  It's a job she enjoys and is good at.  With the donation of photos they are looking for areas of weakness to this campaign, both where they could attack or be attacked during the bombardment.   She has known much sorrow in her short life.  She had lost both brothers to the war and her mother during the Blitz, when German bombers had blasted Britain almost every night for a year. With so much sorrow and the emotional distance from her father Dorothy finds herself in a crisis of faith.  
Wyatt and Dorothy work closely together in the maps area of the British Naval Building and a friendship quickly develops.  Dorothy gives him an insight into the life as it's been in London and the culture.  Wyatt truly enjoyed meeting her father and all the sights and knowledge she is giving him.  
This is a spectacular read!  
I was easily draw in from the first page. This is delicious story where characters find things more complicated than they ever imagined.  The wonderful imagery immediately brought the story to life for me.  The characters are complex and engaging.  Their turmoil was raw and real as shown by their emotions.  The secondary characters are well integrated into the story which brings a richness to the story.  There are twists and turns that bring a certain amount of suspense and unexpected mystery. This book brings elements of mystery, suspense, family values, faith, love, and lots of history.  This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves history and romance.  
**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.