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 Only the outdated letter reveals that her father is ill and may be dying.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!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

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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.

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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

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Paper Daughters of Chinatown by Heather B. Moore, Book Review (Based on a true story)


Book Summary:

When twenty-six-year-old Donaldina Cameron arrives at the Occidental Mission Home for Girls in 1895, she intends to stay for only one year to teach sewing skills to young Chinese women. Within days, she discovers that the job is much more complicated than perfect stitches and even hems. San Francisco has a dark side, one where a powerful underground organization—the criminal tong—buys and sells Chinese girls like common goods. With the help of Chinese interpreters and a local police squad, Donaldina works night and day to stop the abominable slave and prostitution trade.

Mei Lien believes she is sailing to the “Gold Mountain” in America to become the wife of a rich Chinese man. Instead she finds herself sold into prostitution—beaten, starved, and forced into an opium addiction. It is only after a narrow escape that she hears of the mission home and dares to think there might be hope for a new life.

The Paper Daughters of Chinatown throws new light on the age-old scourge of human trafficking. The heroes who fought this evil and the victims who triumphed over it more than a hundred years ago offer a bright example of courage and determination for anyone wishing for a better world.
 


My Review:

Stop everything and slow your roll. This book is a must-read. Not because it is some love story that makes you feel good, but because it is a gripping story of a woman who devoted her life to saving Chinese girls and women from slave and prostitution trade. The emotional connection I felt to this historically based novel was unbelievable. I could not stop myself from reading it; I was so engrossed I found myself telling my family about it while reading it. Donaldina's story is one of heartache, love, service, and family. The people came to life and I felt each loss, each victory, each scenario Donaldina experienced. A lot of people may feel shying away from this story because it is a difficult topic. But Moore tells it in a tactful yet compelling way that keeps you reading until the end. And when I got to the end I wished there was more to read. To think that this is only a snippet of Donaldina's life and the impact she had on her Chinese daughters is mind-blowing. The Paper Daughters of Chinatown is moving and is something that everyone should read. Everyone. Bravo Moore for researching and sharing such an important story with us.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Source:  Publisher for review