Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Viscount's Vow by Julie Coulter Bellon, Book Review



Book Summary:

A man changed by war. The woman who loves him. And a secret that could tear them apart.

Edward Rutledge, the newly minted Viscount Carlisle, has come back from war a changed man. The echo of the battlefield and the death of his best friend Marcus haunt him to the point that he decides to break his betrothal to Charlotte---the only woman he’s ever loved.

When he’s summoned home to Hartwell Manor, he comes face-to-face with her. Slowly, her strength and love make him see that he might be able to reclaim what he thought was lost. But when word reaches him that Marcus might not have died in Spain and yet lives, Edward will do anything to bring his friend home. As the mystery deepens, however, Edward is drawn into an intrigue that forces him to confront the demons that have plagued him since he returned to England. Will he have to sacrifice everything he’s built with Charlotte in order to keep her safe?


My Review:

The Viscount's Vow is a regency novel with a powerful message tucked inside. Recently returned from war Edward cannot bear the demons he brought back with him, including the death of his best friend. He cuts off his engagement to his beloved Charlotte to spare her. But at what cost? I had to keep reading to figure out how everything would play out! Bellon did a beautiful job creating Edward and Charlotte's world. Charlotte was such a strong and determined character, I felt her determination fly off of the pages! This regency novel is not just a romance, it bears a message all need to hear! I received a copy of this book for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Coming Home to Maverick by Sophia Summers, Book Review



Book Summary:

Bailey is back. Maverick thought he was over her. But neither can deny the feelings that will always be there.

Bailey has made mistakes, so many she doesn't think she'll really ever forgive herself. But her daughter deserves the kind of life Bailey had growing up. When she shows up on her parents' doorstep back to her hometown, the one person she isn't ready to see is Maverick. But will she ever be able to face him?

The minute Maverick hears Bailey is back, he knows his heart still belongs to her. But what kind of man trusts a woman who left him at the altar? As he grapples with a new daughter that he can't help but wish was his, all the responsibilities of running his family's ranch, and the hurt he feels about Bailey's betrayal, he finds new love and hope not only with her but with God. 

As soon as God is a part of the equation, the sweetness they find is better than they ever had. Just maybe this second chance around is God's gift of happiness to them both.


My Review:

Be prepared to go on a bucking bronco ride of emotions in Coming Home to Maverick! It gave me all the feels from happiness, sadness, anger, bitterness, forgiveness, and overall love. I wasn't sure what to expect when Bailey came back into town with her daughter in tow. How would the town react and how would Maverick react? Summers takes the reader straight to a small town with a big hearted family. What I loved most about this book is that it made me examine my own self and how I would be when placed in difficult situations. Would I be loving, kind, and forgiving? Or full of hate, anger, and bitterness? The struggle would be difficult and Summers made me want to be a better person no matter what comes my way in life. Coming Home to Maverick is so much more than a story, it is a belief that there is hope, redemption, and forgiveness no matter how far you have gone from home. That God can guide you and forgive you, so you can forgive yourself.  That there is a definition of family that means more than flesh and blood. When a book inspires the reader to be better, that is the mark of greatness. I highly recommend Coming Home to Maverick, it will take you on a journey you will not regret. 

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


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Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Whispered Dance of Bees by Carol Warburton, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!




Book Summary:

Had fate and nature not conspired, Alyce Redgrave would have been a child of wealth and privilege. But the night of her birth was shadowed by an eerie Devils Moon and her christening day marred by a fierce hailstorm—ill omens that led the superstitious peasants to seek Alyce's life. Desperate to save her infant daughter, Alyce's mother flees with her baby, finding shelter and goodwill at the isolated farm of strangers . . . 

There, Alyce's life is filled with secrets, unanswered questions, and a sense of foreboding. Her worst fears are realized when she narrowly escapes the clutches of a murderer by fleeing into the forest. Fate steps in once more to change the course of her life when Alyce is found and taken in by Elspeth, a wise woman with the uncanny ability to commune with nature. Trained by Elspeth in the art of healing, Alyce remains haunted by the puzzle of her past until she discovers her mother's lost pendant. With the help of this object and the aid of the enchanting William Pascoe, Alyce finally holds the key to who she once was and who she will become.

My Review:

Well, I totally stayed up until two in the morning to finish this one. This is one of those books that just snuck up on me. It looked and sounded good, but you guys, it is phenomenal! There are so many stories within this story and so many layers to unfold and figure out. The entire mystery kept me reading and page turning until I read the very last word. From the beginning of Alyce's journey until the very end, I was pulled in hook, line, and sinker. Alyce's journey is so unique, I have never read anything like it. Warburton has created a unique historical tale that will take you on an emotional and unpredictable trip beyond your imagination. You will walk away with a new understanding of family and perseverance, terms Alyce truly redefined. For fans of historical romance, this is the book you do not want to miss!

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


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Friday, June 19, 2020

Catching the Cowboy ( Summer Creek #1) by Shanna Hatfield, Blog Tour

Welcome to the Summer Creek Blog Tour and Giveaway from USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield.
 

ABOUT THE SERIES


Summer Creek is one of those small towns—the kind brimming with quirky inhabitants, pets with personalities (like a meandering goat named Ethel), meddling matchmakers, tumbling-down old buildings, and dreams. So many dreams. These sweet, uplifting romances explore the ties that bind a community together when they unite for a common purpose and open their hearts to unexpected possibilities. Heart, humor, and hope weave through each story, touching the lives of those who call Summer Creek home. Readers who love Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series and RaeAnne Thayne's Haven Point series will enjoy coming home to Summer Creek.
The first three books in the series release this summer.
Catching the Cowboy  (read more below)


ABOUT THE BOOK

Catching the Cowboy

"When I feel the need for inspiration and comfort I reach for a book by Shanna Hatfield."
Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

 

Title: Catching the Cowboy Series: Summer Creek (Book 1) Author: Shanna Hatfield Publisher: Wholesome Hearts Publishing Release: Date: June 9, 2020 Genre: Contemporary Romance (Western / Clean and Wholesome)



She’s fresh out of jail . . .    He’s fresh out of luck.  Spoiled heiress Emery Brighton indulges in one mimosa too many, attempts to steal a horse, and winds up in jail. A sentence of community service leaves her at the mercy of strangers on a remote ranch near a small town in Oregon. Adjusting to country life is hard enough, but she has no idea how to handle her growing affection for a surly cowboy and his adorable daughter.  Steady and dependable as the day is long, rancher Hudson Cole just wants to raise his little girl and be left alone. When his grandmother invites a lawbreaker dressed in Louis Vuitton to Summer Creek Ranch, Hud is convinced Grammy has lost her ever-loving mind. Determined to detest Emery, he instead finds himself doing the one thing he vowed would never happen again: falling in love. With one foot out the door, will love be enough to convince Emery to stay?


The book includes a Reader's Guide, perfect for book club discussions.
For a limited time, the ebook is available at the discounted price of just $1.99.
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EXCERPT

“Hi, Daddy!” Cricket beamed at him, showing off a recent gap in her smile. She’d lost her first baby tooth last week. Grammy had saved it in a little jar and tucked it in with the other mementos of Cricket’s childhood Hud wanted to keep. It seemed like just yesterday she was learning to crawl. He hated how fast she was growing up. In the time it took him to blink, she’d be driving a car, then off to college. Pain clawed at his chest at the thought of his daughter someday leaving him and making her own way in the world. He picked her up and held her close. “Daddy! You’re smuffering me,” Cricket said on a giggle, squirming to be set down. He kissed her cheek, then set her in her chair at the table. Nell placed a glass of milk in front of Cricket and a mug in front of his plate. Steam curled upward, carrying the delicious aroma of rich, black coffee. “Everything is ready,” Nell said, taking a seat across from Hud. “Sit by me,” Cricket said, snagging Emery’s hand and pulling on it. Jossy feigned a pout. “I’ve been displaced as the favored seatmate.” Emery glanced from Jossy to Hud. “I don’t want to steal anyone’s seat.” “You’re fine,” Jossy said, giving Emery a welcoming smile, then settling into the chair on the other side of Hud. “This looks and smells fantastic, Grammy. Thank you for making my muffins.” “Of course, sweetie. It’s a treat to have you join us,” Nell said, lifting Jossy’s and Cricket’s hand in hers. “Let’s hold hands while I offer a word of thanks for this food and beautiful day.” Hud would rather pet a rabid porcupine than hold Emery’s hand in his, but to appease his grandmother, he reached out and clasped it. Unprepared for the wild jolt of electricity that zipped from the point of contact up his arm, he would have dropped her hand and left the room if it wouldn’t have created a flurry of questions from his grandmother and Jossy.  

TOUR GIVEAWAY

One (1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card and a digital copy of Catching the Cowboy




For a chance to win, fill out this form.
The giveaway will begin  June 9, 2020 and last through June 25, 2020.  The winner will be notified within two weeks of the giveaway ending and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics. The giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


Follow along for a full list of stops on the Summer Creek Blog Tour June 2020

ABOUT THE AUTHOR




  USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is a farm girl who loves to write. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances are filled with sarcasm, humor, hope, and hunky heroes. When Shanna isn’t dreaming up unforgettable characters, twisting plots, or covertly seeking dark, decadent chocolate, she hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.

Shanna loves to hear from readers. Follow her online at:
#summercreek



With one foot out the door, will love be enough to convince Emery to stay?

This sweet romance offers a funny, delightful happily ever after adventure in a quirky small town. One-click to read about a meandering goat named Ethel, meddling matchmakers, and a community that feels like home in a story filled with heart, humor, and hope.
 


My Review:

Hatfield's Catching the Cowboy is fresh and fun! She brings a city slicker primadonna to a small town to meet a rural cowboy and the sparks began to fly and sizzle! Not only is the romance popping, but so are the people of the small town of Summer Creek. They can seem judgmental and hesitant at first, but they turned into Emery's dearest friends and biggest supporters. From the mayor to the waitress at the local diner, Hatfield easily connects the reader to small town America and the sense of community and family you feel there. She accurately portrays what it is like to live and work in a tiny rural town and I loved every second of reading it. I didn't just feel the connection to Summer Creek, but the connection to Emery as she makes a huge metamorphosis while she is there. Hud, Nell, Cricket, and Jossy all felt like family to me and I felt like I was at the ranch alongside them. Hatfield does a superb job of bringing the reader into the Summer Creek family. Because that is what a small town is; a family made up of friends.


Happy Reading!!!

Monday, June 15, 2020

Flying in Love by Chalon Linton, Blog Tour





Book Summary:

Will Paige decide to share her heart or fly solo?

Paige Hall’s happy ending may just be in sight. She has been dating her boyfriend for months and feels confident their relationship is going in the right direction—until she catches him kissing another woman. Humiliated and hurt, Paige retreats from the dating scene and pledges to never fall hard again as she throws herself into her work as a speech therapist. Her vow is upended in a grocery store parking lot when she is nearly run over by a handsome and very apologetic air force pilot.

Captain Jake Summers is everything a girl could dream of: charming, considerate, and hardworking. Despite Paige’s determination to avoid falling into another relationship, her resolve is no match for the whirlwind romance that ensues. When Jake is not flying, he and Paige are inseparable, and Paige begins to believe in happily ever afters again. But when the couple faces a heartrending loss, they must find strength in each other and in their faith or risk losing a once-in-a-lifetime love.

My Review:

I loved how Paige and Jake met, it was so fun and that scene is emblazoned in my mind! Legendary first time meeting! What I loved most about Flying in Love was the reality of it. Life is not simple and love is not simple. Both take work and effort but when you accomplish that, the results are beautiful. I thought this book would be all about Paige and her journey, but what is beautiful about it is that it's also about Jake's journey. This emotional and gripping story of real-life issues and love captivated my attention and kept me up for a late night until I finished the very last page! Flying in love is contemporary christian fiction at its best! 

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

An Earl for Edith by Tammi Lee Bird, Book Review



Book Summary:

Edith Wilson is twenty-two years old, has never had a London Season, and suspects she never will. Limited finances mean Edith is left ignored while her beautiful younger sisters receive every opportunity. Longing for her mother’s approval, Edith agrees to trap an earl against her better judgment, hoping for a chance at the loving marriage she’s always desired. Yet once she meets the handsome earl, she doesn’t have the heart to ruin his happily ever after. 

Miles is extremely wealthy, titled, and single with no intention of ever falling in love again. His first wife taught him how horrible a one-sided marriage could be. When a young woman appears at his hunting lodge set on ensnaring him, he will do anything to keep her away, including lying and betting with a disreputable rogue. But when she walks away from a chance to force him to propose, he regrets his actions. Will he be able to right his wrongs before Edith falls prey to the rake he set on her path?



My Review:

The cover of An Earl for Edith is beautiful and I could not wait to dive into this story! Edith is almost on the shelf and her mother will stop at nothing to try to ensnare an earl for Edith to marry. Edith wants to please her mother so much that she goes along with her crazy scheme even though she doesn't want any part of it. Once she meets him, she doesn't want trap him into marriage, she wants someone to marry her because they love her, not because they are forced to marry her. I have to hand it to Edith, she was determined to do things her own way despite her mother's constant meddling! There were some parts of the story that the dialogue did not naturally flow and it felt off for the conversation. While I enjoyed the story overall, I felt like it needed a little bit of fine tuning so it felt more natural and easy. This is a nice regency read and I am hoping Bird will write George's story next!


Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review


Monday, June 8, 2020

A Change of Fortune by Traci Hunter Abramson, Blog Tour & Giveaway






Book Summary:

Law student Brooke Sherman leads an enviable life, with an impressive education, a prestigious internship, and an ambitious boyfriend who any girl on campus would love to date. But one phone call shatters everything: her father, the optimistic man who insists on buying lottery tickets and dreaming big, has terminal cancer. Desperate to get home and predictably unable to rely on her boyfriend, Brooke finds an unlikely hero in the form of her classmate.

Jason Ramsey has had a crush on his study partner Brooke for months, but he’d never encroach on someone else’s girlfriend—even if the guy doesn’t treat her the way she deserves. But when he learns of Brooke’s father’s diagnosis, Jason steps up to help however he can. In the weeks and months following, Jason is Brooke’s rock, and after Brooke’s breakup, Jason becomes much more than just a friend. But even as they plan for a future together, things get complicated: Brooke’s father had a dying wish, that his daughter buy one last lottery ticket. She never dreamed that fulfilling that wish would jeopardize a future with the man she loves.

My Review:

No matter what genre Abramson writes, it is undoubtably a page turner that I cannot put down! She has an uncanny ability to write a story that is not only interesting, but pulls you in so completely that you have to finish reading it, no matter the time of day or night. Right from the beginning I felt a connection to Brooke and a severe dislike for her haughty and uncaring boyfriend. Man that guy was such an insensitive jerk! But Jason was there, a steady and constant support and doesn't every girl want a man like that? The emotional upheaval of her dad's unexpected cancer was heartrending and the powerful ties between father and daughter hit me right in the heartstrings. If you want to read an emotionally powerful story of friendship, love, family, and good fortune, this is the perfect book for you!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

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Source:  Publisher for review