Monday, October 26, 2020

Home Sweet Holiday by Michele Paige Holmes, Book Review

 


Book Summary:

Nearly four years have passed since Anna Lawrence fled her hometown the same day her best friends broke her heart and she was left at the altar. She’s hardly looked back since, while forging a new and solitary life in Seattle. When duty calls her home, she reluctantly returns to take care of the family store while her parents are away.

Eli Steiner is visiting his late great-grandfather’s estate in Holiday, Alabama, for the first and last time—to see the place he’s inherited and meet the other benefactor of his great-grandfather’s will before turning everything over to her. When the woman he meets is both the same, and very different, from the one in his grandfather’s letters, Eli’s intrigue leads him to stay longer, to uncover the mystery of Anna Lawrence and possibly heal her heart.

Holiday Harbor Series:
A Holiday Affair
Home Sweet Holiday
The Heart of Holiday


My Review:

Holmes writes a beautiful and emotional journey of love, forgiveness, and healing. I honestly cannot remember the last book that I read that put me through such a gamut of emotions. I was on the rollercoaster with Anna and I didn't know how she would come out. Between her father having cancer and facing her past where she was completely betrayed by her best friend and fiancee, how could she heal her own heart? I loved the small town of Holiday, from the people, to the store Anna's parents own, everything felt like home and love. Even everyone knowing your business as soon as it happens, Holmes details a small town perfectly. This story made me feel and truly had me thinking about Anna's story weeks after I finished it. Home Sweet Holiday had me longing for home, family, and friends. Read this book, you will be glad you did! I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Otherwise Engaged by Joanna Barker, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!





 Book Summary:



She’s never been afraid of breaking the rules—until she risks breaking her heart

Constantly stifled by the rules of Society, spirited Rebecca Rowley enjoys finding ways to quietly—or not so quietly—rebel. But riding bareback and avoiding nosy neighbors are nothing compared to the thrilling secret she is keeping from her family. 
When Rebecca’s quick thinking saves the life of a young girl, she unwittingly attracts the attention of the child’s dashing brother, Lieutenant Nicholas Avery. As that attention turns flirtatious, Rebecca is forced to tell him the truth: she is secretly engaged—to the one man her family would never approve of. Fortunately, Lieutenant Avery is a navy man with no wish to marry, or so they both assume as they enter into a friendship. Rebecca hopes to change her family’s mind about her betrothed, but the more she comes to know the handsome lieutenant, the more she wonders if she promised her hand too hastily. 

After all her carefully laid plans are shattered during a family crisis, Rebecca must force her heart to decide. Should she stay true to the promise she made or fight for the future she’s only just begun to imagine?



My Review:

I was instantly pulled out of my world and into Rebecca’s and honestly, I never wanted to leave. Rebecca was such a refreshing character, she could not seem to help saying what she felt and doing what she wanted to do. I admired her tenacity and her spirit; she was going to do whatever it was she put her mind to doing! She made me smile and laugh out loud while reading. Especially the comment about the preacher!  Her interactions with Lieutenant Avery had me swooning inside! I don’t want to give anything away so I will just say, I LOVED this story. Period. If you want a fantastic story with wonderful characters, then this is that book! 

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Connect with Author Joanna Barker here.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A Secret Arrangement by Heather Moore, Book Review


Book Summary:

What happens when two women race to spend their inheritance? An epic Grand Tour.

Evelyn Tucker has finally graduated from finishing school, but dreads living with her widowed aunt. On the appointed day, Aunt Margaret comes to collect Evelyn, and Margaret informs her that they’re going on a Grand Tour to spend as much of the estate money they can before a distant cousin inherits all. When Henry Gaiman discovers he’s inherited his distant uncle’s estate, he loathes the thought of returning to England since he’d rather continue with his archaeology dig in Egypt. Return he must, and there, he meets Evelyn, a woman who will change his world in more ways than one.


My Review:

Evelyn's story was easy to read and I finished it in one day. I was drawn into her love for history and where her journey was going to take her. Who knew it would be places she had never been and had only dreamed of visiting? How she ended up crossing paths with Henry was so interesting. Her Aunt Margaret just made me smile, she was so fun and endearing. Miss Worthen was an interesting character and I love how Moore makes each and every one memorable! This is just a book I loved, from the characters to the unusual setting of Egypt, this is one regency romance you will not forget!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Source:  Publisher for review

Friday, October 16, 2020

The Highlander's Hidden Heart (Veteran's Club #3) by Julie Coulter Bellon, Book Review

 



Book Summary:


A duke's daughter. A Highland warrior. And a love worth fighting for.


Lady Elizabeth, daughter of the Duke of Barrington, has done her best to secure an advantageous match, but a shy nature, combined with a stutter, hasn't helped her cause. After two Seasons, her father won’t wait any longer and promises her to a man she despises. There doesn’t seem to be anything Elizabeth can do beyond wish for a freedom she’ll never have---until a charming Highlander appears and makes all her dreams of a love match seem within her reach.

Alec Ramsay unexpectedly inherits an earldom and must leave his beloved Scottish Highlands to present himself in London and settle the estate affairs. After meeting his new neighbor, Lady Elizabeth, he feels a connection to her that he’s never felt with any other woman. Alec makes every effort to further their acquaintance, but soon finds out that Elizabeth could be swept out of his reach before they have a chance to explore the feelings between them. With everything at stake, can he risk all for a chance at love−−before it’s too late?

**Originally a novella in the Timeless Romance collection, but now a full-length novel with more twists, turns, and romance!


My Review:

Okay regency romance fans, this book has that tall, dark, and handsome Highlander man with the Scottish accent to go with it! Who doesn't love a man with an accent? Swooning over here! Alec is endearing because he has a big heart and stands up for people. I love how he champions Lady Elizabeth. I could not stand the odious Lord Lindley, he was the worst and most vile of creatures. I wasn't sure how everything would end up playing out and the build up was nerve wracking to say the least! The Highlander's Hidden heart is easy to read, full of emotion, and a battle of love. I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

A Light Last Seen by Grace Greene, Book Review

 



Book Summary:

Chasing happiness and finding joy are two very different things--as Jaynie Highsmith has discovered. Can she give up searching for the one and reclaim the other? Or is she fated to repeat the mistakes her mother made?

Jaynie Highsmith grows up in Cub Creek on Hope Road acutely aware of the irony of its name, Hope, because she wants nothing more than to escape from it and the chaos of her childhood.

Desperate to leave her past behind and make a new life, she is determined to become the best version of herself she can create. But when she does take off, she also leaves ~ and forgets ~ important parts of her past and herself.

The new life is everything she wants, or so she thinks until she finds herself repeating the same mistakes her mother made. Is Jaynie destined for unhappiness? Is it like mother, like daughter? Did running away only delay the unhappiness she fears she is destined for?

Seventeen years after leaving home, Jaynie needs a new fresh start and returning to Cub Creek is critical, but she is determined that the visit will be as short as possible and then she'll be out and free again. However, a longer stay may be vital to her future because if she has any hope of changing her destiny, Jaynie must reconcile the past she turned her back on with her present.


My Review:

Somehow the little hollow in Cub Creek on Hope Road just connected to my soul. I do not even know how to explain it other than Jaynie's story tugged on my heartstrings. I remember thinking that I would just start the book and pick it up later, but that did not happen. Greene builds Jaynie's world so well that I felt like I was there with her, through each hard time and the good times too. Powerfully written and a commanding story, A Light Last Seen will stay with you long after you have read the last word. 

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


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Monday, October 12, 2020

On the Run (Guardian #4) by Traci Hunter Abramson, Blog Tour



Book Summary:

As one of the top investigative journalists in the nation, Elle Jameson has a knack for uncovering the truth. So when a promising lead points to corruption on a German military base, Elle anticipates a straightforward assignment. But then she stumbles upon a deadly conspiracy beyond anything she’s faced before, and her scrutiny does not go unnoticed. She knows too much, and she can’t be allowed to live. With no idea where to turn for help, she does the only thing she can: she runs.

The guardians, an elite team of undercover agents, have one job: safeguard those under their protection. As a new guardian, Nolan has just received his first solo assignment to help a young woman who just survived an assassination attempt. Within minutes of making contact with the beautiful journalist, however, their location is discovered. Thus begins a game of cat and mouse spanning the globe as the two work to stay ahead of a determined assassin. Nolan fights to buy Elle time to complete her investigation, and what she discovers is a plot that threatens the very fabric of America. In a desperate race against evil, Nolan and Elle are the only ones who can prevent global catastrophe.


My Review:

This is nail biting suspense and you will not be able to put it down!  From the first page the intrigue and mystery began, and I had to know who was behind the theft of the drones and was so intent on killing anyone in their way. Elle was a bright and intelligent young woman who seemed to be willing to face any foe for what was right. Nolan was smart, quick, kind, and caring. He fit right in with the other Guardians. I love this series so much, it made me feel like I got an inside peek to what it would be like trying to safeguard key government secrets and people. Sit back and hold on to your seat, because this book will keep you on the edge until the very last page. Furiously fast-paced, phenomenal, and full of action, On the Run is a must read this year! I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Friday, October 9, 2020

A Haunting at Havenwood (Seasons of Change #6) by Sally Britton, Book Review

 



Book Summary:

Nothing will keep Louisa from her great-aunt's fortune. Except perhaps a phantom who turns out to be a most eligible bachelor.

Although Louisa Banner insists she is not the least bit superstitious, she cannot help her misgivings when her family announces she must spend October with her great aunt in a rundown Welsh castle riddled with tales of ghosts. The family hopes Louisa will endear herself to her aunt enough to win a grand inheritance. Louisa’s only wish is to avoid a run-in with any of the phantoms spoken of by the local villagers. When Louisa stumbles upon a forgotten graveyard, and a man whose name comes directly from a tombstone, she isn’t certain whether to run away in terror or stay and get to know the handsome spirit.

Erasmus Grey is cursed, and not only because he sometimes hears the voices of his dead grandparents. While most men would count it a blessing to be a wealthy, eligible bachelor, Ras is absolutely panic-stricken at the idea of finding a bride. Rather than succumb to the matchmaking mothers of London, he retreats to an old family cottage with no plans to return to Society. Though he manages to keep his presence in the country a secret, coming upon a lovely young woman during one of his rambles nearly undoes all his careful work. But when he realizes Miss Banner thinks him a ghost, Ras wonders if he might have found a way to cure his own fears.

The sixth book in the Seasons of Change series, A Haunting at Havenwood is a stand-alone novel. Check out the other books in the multi-author series to discover stories about change and love.

Book One: The Road Through Rushbury by Martha Keyes

Book Two: The Last Eligible Bachelor by Ashtyn Newbold

Book Three: A Forgiving Heart by Kasey Stockton

Book Four: (Coming soon) A Well-Trained Lady by Jess Heileman

Book Five: (Coming soon) from Deborah M. Hathaway

Book Six: (Coming soon) A Haunting at Havenwood by Sally Britton

Book Seven: (Coming soon) His Disinclined Bride from Jennie Goutet

 

My Review:

Britton's story of Louisa and Ras pulled me in and would not let me go until the mystery was solved and the ghosts were content! I immediately felt a connection with Louisa and I wanted her to be loved and cherished since her mom just sent her away! Then her new found freedom brought her chance encounter with Ras who happened to pretend he was a ghost. If this book doesn't put you in the fall mood, I don't know if anything will. From fall leaves to ghosts and legends, this sweet regency romance is just the ticket to get you ready for the upcoming season! This is a wonderfully written story you will not want to put down.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

A Christmas Quandary by Samantha Hastings, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!

A Royal Christmas Quandary
Samantha Hastings
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: October 6th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Readers looking for a light, fun read full of holiday mischief will be delighted by Samantha Hastings’ A Royal Christmas Quandary, perfect for fans of A Christmas Prince.

When you spend Christmas in a castle, anything is possible.

1860. Lady Alexandrina Gailey is looking forward to a cozy holiday at Windsor Castle with her best friend, Princess Alice, and her long-time crush, Lord George Worthington. But Drina’s plans are all but dashed when Alice’s parents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, declare that Alice must choose one of two royal princes to become engaged to before Christmas.

There’s just one problem: George, a junior member of the Foreign Office, has accidentally misplaced one of the princes.

Together, Drina and George scour the town of Windsor for the missing prince, desperately hoping to deliver him to the royal dinner party with the queen none the wiser. They might just need a royal Christmas miracle to pull it off.

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My Review:

This book was absolutely delightful every step of the way! There were princes and princesses, matches in the making, and a missing prince! How do you misplace a prince? I loved the fixes that Drina and George seemed to continually find themselves in! It made for laugh out loud moments and I wondered what mess they might find themselves in next. Wonderfully written, A Royal Christmas Quandary is a Christmas romance you will not soon forget! I received a copy of this book for free; all thought and opinions are my own.


Author Bio:

Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading (Berkshire, England), and the University of North Texas. She met her husband in a turkey sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, and chasing her kids. She is the author of THE LAST WORD, THE INVENTION OF SOPHIE CARTER, and A ROYAL CHRISTMAS QUANDARY.

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Widows of Somerset


Book Summary:

Rules of the Secret Society of Young Widows:
Rule 1: Be a widow.
Rule 2: Have an impeccable reputation.
Rule 3: Don't fall in love again.

AN HEIR TO SPARE by Rebecca Connolly
Widowhood has changed much for Anna—Lady Lyndham—but an unconventional heir to the estate was not something she had anticipated. Nor had she anticipated that he would have no intention of forcing her out, although he has every right to. And she certainly did not anticipate finding him handsome, charming, and unfailingly generous. But Ned Richards, the new Lord Lyndham, has a world of surprises in store for her, and not anticipating them will become quite the adventure.

THE WIDOW OF LAVENDER COTTAGE by Jen Geigle Johnson
As a widow, Lillian Hunter has never been in love and plans to never marry again, so the rules of the Secret Society of Young Widows suit her just fine. Her days are spent attempting to transform her newly inherited Lavender Cottage into a livable space until Oliver Wentworth shows up, asking for her late husband. Anxious to establish himself as a landed gentry in Somerset, Oliver is none too pleased to discover that a widow lives alone in a tiny run down cottage bordering his new property. The fact that she’s young and attractive only adds frustration to his sense of responsibility over her. And confound her, she challenges his every attempt to help manage her affairs.


A PROMISE FORGOTTEN by Heather B. Moore
Charlotte Ashford never thought she’d marry a vicar, and she never thought she’d find herself widowed with a young child to care for on her own. She certainly never thought she’d return to Somerset to live with her mother again, and Charlotte never thought she’d see him again. But Lord Wilshore has never forgotten her, and he has never forgotten their promise made long ago. Charlotte would love nothing more than for Lord Wilshore to forgive her, but too much heartache and too much time might make that impossible. Friendship is all she can hope for, but that hope may be dashed as well.


My Review:

This anthology includes three great authors who each wrote a fun novella about a widowed woman. Each novella had its own main character but all included the secret society for widows run by Lady Joanna. I loved how the society of widows was the element that wove the three stories together, yet each story was its own and unique! Being able to read a single short story when I didn’t have a lot of time was perfect for me. Wonderfully woven together and skillfully told, Widows of Somerset is one anthology that you do not want to miss! I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Standout Saints by Sierra West, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway!

 





Book Blurb:

From prophets to pioneers, from songwriters to scientists, Standout Saints: Church History Heroes from Around the World presents the fascinating true stories of twenty women and twenty men from Church history. Each one-page biography describes impressive achievements and shares stories of great faith. Readers will encounter well-known and beloved Saints such as Joseph Smith and Eliza R. Snow along with lesser-known heroes from around the world such as Hu Wei-I, who miraculously translated the Book of Mormon into Chinese, and Mere Mete Whaanga, a prominent Maori woman who helped the Church spread into New Zealand. In addition, Standout Saints includes uplifting quotes, a Church history timeline, and resources for further study.

The courage and faith of these Saints made them stand out from the world, and this educational and inspiring book helps young readers know that they too can stand out.


My Review:


This is a really great book with short summaries of familiar and some new and exciting faces! I was happy to see all of my favorites and also excited to learn about some new people form Church history! I loved the diversity and varied backgrounds from various cultures. I think this book will appeal well to families because you can pick one person if you do not have a lot of time or read many at once! If you want to learn about people who lived their beliefs and left a legacy from their lives, then you will enjoy Standout Saints!


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About the Author:


Author Bio: 
Sierra Wilson is a children's author/illustrator living in Alberta, Canada. She wrote The Atonement of Jesus Christ is for Me and I Can Be Like Jesus as well as several other books for children soon to be released. Before turning to writing, Sierra worked as a high school English and history teacher. She is the daughter of two modern-day pioneers and loves researching about pioneers and faithful heroes of all kinds. When she's not writing, you can find her adventuring with her husband and four children, cross-country skiing, or eating all the chocolate. 


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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Otherwise Engaged by Joanna Barker, Book Review



Book Summary:


She’s never been afraid of breaking the rules—until she risks breaking her heart

Constantly stifled by the rules of Society, spirited Rebecca Rowley enjoys finding ways to quietly—or not so quietly—rebel. But riding bareback and avoiding nosy neighbors are nothing compared to the thrilling secret she is keeping from her family. 
When Rebecca’s quick thinking saves the life of a young girl, she unwittingly attracts the attention of the child’s dashing brother, Lieutenant Nicholas Avery. As that attention turns flirtatious, Rebecca is forced to tell him the truth: she is secretly engaged—to the one man her family would never approve of. Fortunately, Lieutenant Avery is a navy man with no wish to marry, or so they both assume as they enter into a friendship. Rebecca hopes to change her family’s mind about her betrothed, but the more she comes to know the handsome lieutenant, the more she wonders if she promised her hand too hastily. 

After all her carefully laid plans are shattered during a family crisis, Rebecca must force her heart to decide. Should she stay true to the promise she made or fight for the future she’s only just begun to imagine?


My Review:

I was instantly pulled out of my world and into Rebecca’s and honestly, I never wanted to leave. Rebecca was such a refreshing character, she could not seem to help saying what she felt and doing what she wanted to do. I admired her tenacity and her spirit; she was going to do whatever it was she put her mind to doing! She made me smile and laugh out loud while reading. Especially the comment about the preacher!  Her interactions with Lieutenant Avery had me swooning inside! I don’t want to give anything away so I will just say, I LOVED this story. Period. If you want a fantastic story with wonderful characters, then this is that book! 

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

A Heart of Gold by Stacy Henrie, Blog Tour & Giveaway!

 



Book Summary:

They'll have to conquer more than the Klondike Trail to reach her father in time—they’ll have to overcome their past too.

After months of silence from her father in the Klondike, Tava Rutherford finally receives word from him. Only the outdated letter reveals that her father is ill and may be dying. Desperate to discover his fate, Tava resolves to make the journey to the wilds of northwestern Canada. But Jess Lawmen, her ranch foreman and the man who broke her heart, insists she doesn't go alone. Jess intends to keep his promise to look out for her—even if that means traveling thousands of miles with Tava, the woman he claims to feel just friendship for but has never stopped loving.

With their own ragtag group of travelers in tow, Tava and Jess confront one challenge after another as they join the hundreds of stampeders scrambling to reach the goldfields. But as the two of them come face to face with their past hurts and mistakes in their race to reach Tava’s father, they will have to decide whether to cling to safety or risk their hearts for something even greater.  


My Review:

Henrie has written an emotional and fascinating tale about Tava and her journey  to the Klondike in Canada. Not in search of gold, but in search of her missing and ill father. Their ranch hand Jess went with Tava to help her and to fulfill a promise to her dad.  A big part of the journey for Tava was not just going to find her father, but finding herself and her own heart and feelings for Jess. There is a sweetness to the story that I enjoyed and an element of forgiveness that I appreciated. The setting was definitely different and eye-opening for the physical work and effort it took for people to actually reach the Klondike. My favorite part was the historical aspect of this story, I love learning new things about the past. I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Forget Me Not by Sarah M. Eden, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!

 



Book Summary:


Nottinghamshire, 1785

Julia Cummings has long been acquainted with loss-her mother, her brother, her sister, her friend, all gone too soon. But the loss that pushed her grief to the limit as a young girl was that of her best friend, Lucas Jonquil, who abandoned her without looking back. Now, eight years later, Lucas has returned to Lampton Park, and Julia has steeled herself-she will never forgive the man who broke her heart.

After losing too many of his friends and family to early deaths, Lucas vowed to live life to the fullest. And after traversing the world, he has returned from his adventures to find his family and home as he left them-except for Julia. The little girl he left behind has blossomed into a captivating lady, a lady who makes it clear she despises him. With little hope of reconciliation, the former friends are blindsided when their parents make a shocking announcement. Lucas and Julia have been betrothed without their knowledge and are to marry immediately. Now Lucas must rely on the help of his closest friends to win the heart of a lady who loathes him-a lady he’s coming to love more deeply every day.


My Review:

Eden beautifully expresses how perspective and one’s perception is everything. Seeing things from Julia’s perspective and then Lucas’ showed how vastly different two people can interpret the same situation. If ever an author could pick a topic that is relatable, this is it. Our perspective shapes our actions and our life. I enjoyed the journey that Lucas and Julia embarked on and the growth each character made. It truly seems that anything Eden writes is easy to read, captures one’s attention, and is full of depth. I am beyond excited for the next installment in The Gents Series, I wonder which Gent it will be? Hurry and go grab a copy of Forget Me Not, then find a cozy chair because you will not get up until you read the last page! I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Happy Reading!!!

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Friday, September 11, 2020

The Doctor and the Midwife, LDS Blog Tour & Giveaway!






 Book Summary:


As a midwife running her own home birth practice, Audrey Novak deals with pressure like a superhuman. Until, that is, she meets her handsome and arrogant neighbor, Dr. Ammon Parker. Ammon, who believes only in modern medicine, is just as unprepared for the infuriating---and inconveniently beautiful---midwife. When the two are repeatedly called to the same labor and delivery unit, their clashing ideals and fiercely independent personalities threaten to derail both their professional goals and their pride. 

Outside of work, Audrey is a passionate rock climber, tantalized by a secret route she's heard about in an online forum. Her hunt for the climb's location leads her to the intriguing BelayingonofHands, a man who claims to have set the route. Soon their anonymous virtual flirtation and witty exchanges deepen into a true connection. But when Audrey discovers the man from online is actually Ammon, she's blindsided. It seems they have more in common than she could have imagined, but will their differences keep them from making the climb to true love together?


My Review:

Audrey and Ammon's story was so engaging! I loved the fire, spark, and rhetoric between the two of them. Every time they were together there was that angst and fiery spirited conversation, I could not get enough of it! The fire and passion each one possessed for their profession made sparks fly while their opinions clashed. I could feel the heat from their arguments and so many burning comments. Their online relationship showed a kinder and more open side to both of them. I felt like they could be their true selves when not under scrutiny. There are laugh out loud moments, emotional moments, and moments where I wanted to cry. This book is LDS fiction at its best and I cannot wait for more from Alva! 

Happy Reading!!!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Pathways to the Heart, A Coming of Age Anthology by Mandi Ellsworth, Paula Kremser, & E.B. Wheeler, Book Review

 



Book Summary:


Finding love is a journey in these Regency and Western romance novellas.


The Courtship Cure
Mary Worthington has been raised in sheltered circumstances by her grandfather the duke, but now that her brother has inheirted the title, he wishes her to marry well. Doctor Tyndale, a recently made baronet, is intrigued by elusive Mary, but he assumes she is the same social level as his patients and therefore not high enough to meet his father's approval. Can the two discover the truth - and love - in this Regency comedy of errors?

Hiding Gems
Matthew just wants to live in peace on his Oregon ranch. Pearl is seeking shelter for herself and two Chinese children after the 1886 riots drive them out of Seattle. The two are drawn together by their gentle hearts, but they will have to decide if they are willing to stand up and fight against fear and prejudice to find love.

Bootleggers and Basil
Helen Botsari arrives in 1920s Utah as a Greek picture bride, excited for a new life in a land of opportunity. When she discovers that her prospective groom was killed in a railroad accident, she finds herself alone in a foreign land that is increasingly hostile to immigrants. It is up to fellow immigrant Dimitrios Nikolaidis to convince her that America still holds a bright future for her.


My Review:

This anthology collection is just what the doctor ordered. Each novella was just the perfect length for when I wanted to read but didn't have a lot of time. The Courtship Cure was enchanting and I found myself loving Mary and her refreshingly open and honest personality in a regency world full of strict rules. Her personality was refreshing and beautiful. Hiding Gems was a completely new world of the 1880s in Oregon. I loved the historical aspect that was brought in about how difficult life was for Chinese immigrants. It was an emotional and wonderful journey for Matthew and Pearl. Last but not least was Bootleggers and Basil, this story was another new time period of the 1920s in Utah. I loved Helen and her strength and endurance with the unexpected experiences life threw her way. Dimitrios was one of those characters full of charisma and some conceit. I was still rooting for him the whole way. It is rare that I love every story in a collection of novellas, but in this one, I did. You guys, each story is unique and set in its own time period. I loved each and every one. This collection is historical fiction at its finest.


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Author for review

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Miracle Creek Christmas (Proper Romance) by Krista Jensen, Book Review



Book Summary:

Riley Madigan escapes to the sleepy mountain town of Miracle Creek after her relationship with an A-list actor ends badly. At least for a time, she hopes her new job as a high school art teacher will bring her the peace and quiet she is looking for. The last thing on her mind is love.

Mark Rivers was a firefighter until he got trapped in a wildfire and suffered third-degree burns on his face and body. After a year of recovering, Mark is trying to piece his life back together but struggles both emotionally and psychologically. He’s been a recluse until he forces himself to attend his niece’s school play and sees Riley, the school’s art teacher. Immediately, Mark feels a connection to her. Maybe it’s the kind way she greets his niece or the way the art she created for the school play is reminiscent of his late mom’s artwork. Either way, Mark feels driven to get to know her, but first he’ll need to build up the courage to talk to her. 

When Mark asks Riley to work on a special nativity, he finds himself falling for her, particularly because Riley doesn’t seem bothered by his scars. Is her affection for him real or is she simply overcompensating, pretending he’s not different. One thing’s for certain, in a small town that views Mark as a fragile hero, it’s hard to pursue a relationship without everyone in his business. And although Riley has sincere feelings for Mark, is she really ready to risk her heart?


My Review:

This heartwarming story of Riley and Mark is unforgettable. This is one of those books that makes you feel and think and isn't just a run-of-the-mill small town romance. It is a journey for both main characters to over come their past and their hurt. Riley had her own past she is running from while Mark is living with his every single day. The beautiful balance between the two of them was wonderfully written and I felt like I knew Riley and Mark. I felt the struggle Mark had as he tried to open up and be himself with Riley. I felt Riley's struggle to not run away because of her trust issues. This is one of those books that feels authentic and connects to the reader in an emotional and powerful way.


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Source:  Publisher for review

Monday, September 7, 2020

Kingfisher by Clair Poulson, Book Review


Book Summary:

Rancher Kit Troxley loves the thrill of the racetrack. He is well aware that horse racing can be a perilous sport, but when ruthless jockey Sam Overmyer cheats him for the win, Kit’s eyes are opened to the dark side of the competition. After accusing Sam of foul play, Kit discovers that horses don’t pose the only danger on the track—Sam’s fury has followed Kit back to his Utah ranch, and the man is out for vengeance. His agenda is to destroy Kit’s life one piece at a time—and why not start big, with an accusation of murder? As Kit struggles to prove his innocence, he must rely on his faithful family and friends for help. But even as he stays one step ahead of Sam’s wrath, Kit soon realizes that simple vindication will never be enough for his opponent. What began as a feud on the track has turned into a deadly game of cat and mouse, and Kit will be lucky if he makes it out alive.


My Review:

Kit and Paizlee’s story was  intense and full of action! It took many twists and turns I never saw coming. I enjoy action/suspense novels and while I enjoyed the story overall, I felt the story could have done more showing and less telling. Some parts felt less authentic in the way the characters spoke to each other. And while it stuck out enough for me to say something, the intense action packed story kept me reading and I could not seem to put it down. 

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Source:  Publisher for review

Friday, September 4, 2020

Havenlight VIP Sale!



 Havenlight is having a VIP inventory blowout sale at their warehouse in American Fork, UT! Starting September 3rd at 10:00 AM, you can save up to 90% on framed and unframed temple portraits at the Labor Day scratch and dent warehouse sale! Simply RSVP here and download your voucher at the link below:


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Come and browse through some of the most well known, beautiful photographs of the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

This sale ends September 5th at 5:00 PM!

For those of you not in Utah Valley, we would love to give you the opportunity to win a 24x36 temple print of your choosing! Please enter the giveaway below:


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Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Doctor and the Midwife by Sarah Alva, Book Review



Book Summary:

As a midwife running her own home birth practice, Audrey Novak deals with pressure like a superhuman. Until, that is, she meets her handsome and arrogant neighbor, Dr. Ammon Parker. Ammon, who believes only in modern medicine, is just as unprepared for the infuriating---and inconveniently beautiful---midwife. When the two are repeatedly called to the same labor and delivery unit, their clashing ideals and fiercely independent personalities threaten to derail both their professional goals and their pride. 

Outside of work, Audrey is a passionate rock climber, tantalized by a secret route she's heard about in an online forum. Her hunt for the climb's location leads her to the intriguing BelayingonofHands, a man who claims to have set the route. Soon their anonymous virtual flirtation and witty exchanges deepen into a true connection. But when Audrey discovers the man from online is actually Ammon, she's blindsided. It seems they have more in common than she could have imagined, but will their differences keep them from making the climb to true love together?


My Review:

Audrey and Ammon's story was so engaging! I loved the fire, spark, and rhetoric between the two of them. Every time they were together there was that angst and fiery spirited conversation, I could not get enough of it! The fire and passion each one possessed for their profession made sparks fly while their opinions clashed. I could feel the heat from their arguments and so many burning comments. Their online relationship showed a kinder and more open side to both of them. I felt like they could be their true selves when not under scrutiny. There are laugh out loud moments, emotional moments, and moments where I wanted to cry. This book is LDS fiction at its best and I cannot wait for more from Alva! 

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Source:  Publisher for review