The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

The Mark of the KingThe Mark of the King (Bethany House, January 2017)

Sweeping historical fiction set at the edge of the continent

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne’s brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Julianne Chevalier was falsely sent to prison on charges of murder. After a forced marriage, she was sent to New Orleans, in hopes of finding her brother. Life in this new land was anything be pleasant, and Julianna soon finds herself in the mist of the dangers of this horrific and unforgiving place she now called home.

When I finished this book, all I could say was WOW! From the very beginning, emotions and tension was at a high level. All throughout this book, I found myself reading, and re-reading much of the story as it unfolded. Because of the excruciating scenes, I also found myself putting the book down to digest what I had just read. The historical scenes are so fully detailed, the characters so well created and developed throughout this story, I was in awe of just how beautifully Jocelyn Green pinned this amazing story. Sometimes I felt like I was playing the scene with the characters, sometimes it was like watching live TV news. As you can very well tell, this was a most intriguing story for me. There is so much here in this story that there is no way to explain even a little bit of it, and it would ruin it if I gave it away. So with that said, if you are a history buff, or if you enjoy an amazingly written story full of action, you will love The Mark of the King. And I really appreciate the way Ms. Green weaves the Gospel and the Christian life even in the most desperate of circumstances.

I received this book from Celebration Lit Blog Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

 

 

Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning author of ten books to date, including “Wedded to War,” a Christy Award finalist in 2013; “Widow of Gettysburg”; “Yankee in Atlanta”; and “The 5 Love Languages Military Edition,” which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. A former military wife herself, her passion for military families informs all of her writing as well as her numerous speaking opportunities. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and now lives with her husband and two children in Iowa

Litfuse Presents Of Stillness and Storm

Of Stillness and StormOf Stillness and Storm (Thomas Nelson, December 2016)

“I felt torn between two worlds. Each with its own mystery. One more captivating than the other, but the other more real and breathing.”

It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream—reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. But while Sam treks into the Himalayas for weeks at a time, finding passion and purpose in his work among the needy, Lauren and Ryan stay behind, their daily reality more taxing than inspiring. For them, what started as a calling begins to feel like the family’s undoing.

At the peak of her isolation and disillusion, a friend from Lauren’s past enters her life again. But as her communication with Aidan intensifies, so does the tension of coping with the present while reengaging with the past. It’s thirteen-year-old Ryan who most keenly bears the brunt of her distraction.

Intimate and bold, Of Stillness and Storm weaves profound dilemmas into a tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

For me, it was difficult to get interested in this story until after the first several chapters, but then, the story opens up into raw emotions about what truly happens to families that go into full time ministry, especially as missionaries to another country. Through fiction, this author shares the feelings and truths of the real family problems that can occur. After reading this, you will feel more of a desire to pray for missionaries you know, as well as any missionaries that give up their lives as they know it to go into an unknown place and share the gospel of Christ. Remember to pray for those taking the gospel to the places in the world that would not hear unless someone comes to tell them.

This is a must read if you believe God is calling you to the mission fields. It could very well help families know more about what to expect.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Author  Michèle Phoenix

Born in France to a Canadian father and an American mother, Michèle Phoenix is a consultant, writer and speaker with a heart for Third Culture Kids. She taught for 20 years at Black Forest Academy (Germany) before launching her own advocacy venture under Global Outreach Mission. Michèle travels globally to consult and teach on topics related to this unique people group. She loves good conversations, mischievous students, Marvel movies and paths to healing.

 

Litfuse Presents Trust my Heart by Carol J. Post

Trust My HeartTrust My Heart (Waterfall Press, October 2016)

Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible.

The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.

After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore—much like its handsome, commitment-phobic heir. Thanks to her digging, the pieces of Grant’s fraught family history are gradually fitting into place, but also upending all his old beliefs.

The two draw closer as they share their dreams, until misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust. But in the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there’s healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what’s needed to finally guide him home…

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Jami Carlisle and Grant McAllister are two fun and very different characters. Grant wants nothing whatsoever to do with love, and Jami already has a boyfriend. But when Jami returns home, there is just something missing with her relationship with Robert. When she has a chance to interview Grant McAllister, she also starts digging into his family’s life. Grant wasn’t close to his family, didn’t even know why his grandmother left him anything, but here he was trying to figure it all out.

This is a beautiful contemporary romance that I really enjoyed. There are a lot of twists and turns in the story that made the plot more interesting and intriguing, with a bit of humor added in. The beautifully created characters were well developed throughout the story. I fell in love with Jami and Grant, and was wishing to get to know them better! Hopefully they will be in another book later. If you love good clean romance, you will love this book, that I highly recommend.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

Carol J. Post

From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special-events decorating company, Carol J. Post’s résumé reads as if she hasn’t yet decided what she wants to be when she grows up. But one thing that has remained constant through the years is her love of writing. She started as a child composing poetry for family and friends, then graduated to articles for religious and children’s publications. Now she pens fun, fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense stories. Her books have been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book award and selected as an RT Top Pick. When Carol isn’t writing, she enjoys sailing, hiking, camping—almost anything outdoors. She also plays the piano and sings with her music-minister husband. Their two grown daughters and their grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all her nurturing into taking care of a fat and sassy black cat and a highly spoiled dachshund.

Litfuse Presents The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Ace Collins

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Abingdon, October 2016)

Celebrate 31 days of a Christ-filled Christmas season.

For Christians worldwide, the month of December is filled with joy and wonder as we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth. There is no other time of the year that can compare to the Christmas season for both the young and young at heart.

From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the wonder, joy, and magic that is Christmas with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas.

With this soon-to-be-cherished holiday devotional, best-selling author Ace Collins will capture your imagination and help to make each day of December more memorable and meaningful to you, and those you love, by shining a light on the real spirit of the season.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is an awesome devotional for the month of December. Ace Collins take us through each day of December with a different insight about the one we celebrate on Christmas day, Jesus Christ. I have enjoyed this devotional because each day I am reminded of the birth of or Savior, and it I can read about Him and Worship Him in a new way each day. There is also a lot of fun things throughout the pages of this books. You will find nice recipes, the meaning behind the words of songs, Christmas traditions, Christmas carols and some movies. I am really enjoying my time spent in this little book, and I will save it for years to come.

I highly recommend The Most Wonderful Time of the Year for your special Christmas devotions. received this book from Litfuse to read and review.  I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Ace Collins

Ace Collins is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than 60 titles, including “The Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs of Christmas,” “Darkness Before Dawn,” and “Lassie: A Dog’s Life.” Ace frequently speaks across the country and on radio and has appeared on national television shows, including “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “CNN,” “Fox and Friends,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Early Show” and more. When not writing, he works as a magazine editor and graphic designer, as well as host for a charity organization radio and television broadcast. Ace and his wife, Kathy, are based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Litfuse Presents A Sister’s Wish/An Amish Family Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray

Litfuse Presents
A Sister’s Wish/An Amish Family Christmas
by Shelley Shepard Gray

A Sister’s Wish
by Shelley Shepard Gray

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A Sister’s Wish (Avon Inspire, September 2016)

In Shelley Shepard Gray’s third book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a respectable young woman finds herself falling for an Amish man from the wrong side of the tracks.

Amelia Kinsinger is the perfect Amish woman—at least according to her neighbors. And while Amelia takes pride in her role as homemaker, she’s also harboring a secret: She’s been in love with bad boy Simon Hochstetler for as long as she can remember. Too bad he’s about as far from “perfect” as an Amish man could get… but that’s exactly why she’s so drawn to him.

Life hasn’t been kind to Simon. He ran away from an abusive home at fifteen and things went downhill from there. Eventually, Simon landed in prison. But the experience changed him. Now back in Charm as a grown man, he’s determined to make a new life for himself and not think too much about his wild past…unless it pertains to Amelia.

He’s loved Amelia for years. To him, she represents everything good and kind in the world. When he realizes that she returns his affections, he starts calling on her in secret, even though her older brother Lukas—who just happens to be Simon’s best friend—has made it perfectly clear that Amelia deserves better. Simon disagrees and believes he’s the only one who can truly make her happy.

But when Amelia gets hurt, it sets off a chain of events that forces them to consider their future together—and face their past mistakes. There’s a chance for love… but only if Simon dares to trust Amelia with the secrets of his past.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Simon Hochstetler was known as the bad boy of his Amish community because of the life he lived outside of the Amish. Truth was he was really forced out of the community, as well as his older brother and sister because of the abuse from his dad. When he comes back to the community years later, Amelia Kinsinger still attracted to him, even though her brother and sister didn’t approve.

I have to say, I really like Simon. His story is so sad, having to leave home at such an early age and make some kind of life for himself. And sad as it is, someone with nothing usually make the incorrect choices, just as Simon did. I could understand Amelia’s family being protective of her, but they really went a bit too far with it. I think a lot of it was they were comfortable with Amelia taking care of the farm and her brother and sister while they ran their company.

I love Shelley Shepard Gray’s books and A Sister’s Wish is another awesome read from this author. If you enjoy Amish stories, this is a must read. Actually the entire series is a must read. Don’t miss out on these fabulous Amish reads!

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

An Amish Family Christmas
By Shelley Shepard Gray

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In Shelley Shepard Gray’s fourth book in her Charmed Amish Life series, an unlikely Amish romance reveals that Christmas is a time for family, miracles—and love.

Ever since his father died in a tragic fire, Levi Kinsinger has felt adrift. Having just returned to Charm, Ohio, Levi tries to fit into his old life only to discover he seems to have outgrown it.

When Julia, Levi’s young widowed neighbor, asks for his help with a Christmas project, he finds a sense of purpose for the first time in months. She and her daughter are new to Charm and could use a friend, a task Levi takes seriously. Soon enough, his friendship with Julia grows into attraction, but Levi can’t help harboring doubts. There’s something about Julia that doesn’t ring quite true . . .

Like Levi, Julia Kemp has survived her fair share of hardships—but only by hiding the truth of her past. Then she meets Levi and, for the first time, she feels hopeful. Little by little, she begins to imagine telling him her darkest secret and eventually . . . perhaps even sharing her life with him.

Christmas is a time for family, and as the holiday draws closer, Julia and Levi will have to face their pasts together in order to find the healing, support, and love they so desperately desire.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is Levi’s story. Levi left home when a horrible accident happened at their family mill. Several men in the community lost their lives, including Levi’s dad. And the only way Levi could deal with the loss was to leave home for a while and get away from it all, leaving his brother and sister to run the mill, and deal with all of the negative abuse from the community blaming their dad for the accident. Levi’s story was different, and its probably my favorite of the series, though its difficult to pick a favorite. Levi lived in a different home than his family, again, to stay away from reminders of his dad. Julia, his neighbor was a single mom, and the two seemed to always run into each other, but Julia has a secret that she didn’t want anyone to find out, so she changed her story a bit to keep her location a secret.

Again, another awesome story from author Shelley Shepard Gray. I love the believable characters, and the way they develop and grow throughout the story, and throughout the series. The Kinsinger family has lost much, and endured a lot. As I read each book, I found myself wanting to do something to help the characters, to pray for them. And of course this book was wonderful because the story happens during the Christmas season, which I love. And an Amish Christmas story is wonderful because of the way they celebrate with family. If you enjoy Amish stories, you will love An Amish Family Christmas and Levi and Julia’s story. You may even find a bit of violence in here.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

Shelley Shepard Gray is a “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

Litfuse Presents The Things We Knew by Catherine West

The Things We KnewThe Things We Knew (Thomas Nelson, July 2016)

A tragedy from the past resurfaces in this tale of family secrets and reignited love.

After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to harbor animosity toward their father, silently blaming him for their mother’s death. Nobody will talk about that dreadful day, and Lynette can’t remember a bit of it.

But when next-door neighbor Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, he brings the past with him. Once her brother’s best friend and Lynette’s first crush, Nick seems to hiding things from her. Lynette wonders what he knows about the day her mother died and hopes he might help her remember the things she can’t.

But Nick has no intention of telling Lynette the truth. Besides the damage it might cause his own family, he doesn’t want to risk harming the fragile friendship between him and the woman he once thought of as a kid sister.

As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets begin to surface—secrets that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question all they ever believed in.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The mysteries of Lynette Carlisle’s mother’s tragic death seemed to haunt many people in community of Nantucket. Her four brothers eventually left home, as well as neighbor and good friend Nick Cooper. Several years later when Nick returns to Nantucket, the past and its secrets begin to surface. And now their dad’s health and financial issues bring the four brother back home, and more of the past, more secrets caused the family to face secrets and issues they never wanted to think about. Will this family find the answers they need? Will the relationship between Lynette and Nick suffer because of the secrets that surface?

I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction, and I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Things We Knew’. Lynette is a sweet character that has a very difficult time because of being left to take care of her father alone, and the past that she can not remember. Nick moving in brought tension to the story because he didn’t want to say anything that would come between he and Lynette. But what did he know about her mothers death? You will need to read The Things We Knew to find out! I loved this book, and I think you will too! Be sure to check it out.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

About the Author

Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for long walks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children.

Litfuse Presents A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson plus Precious Gems Giveaway

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A Beauty Refined
by Tracie Peterson

What does it take to reveal the true beauty of a hidden gem?

Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father’s intentions—both for her and the gemstones—are not what she thinks.

Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie–a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father’s plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family’s deception begins to unravel.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Phoebe Von Bergen was so excited that she was going on her first trip to America with her father, but little did she know that this trip would change her life forever. As the story unfolds, so does the tension and dangers surrounding Phoebe’s life. And digging into family secrets enhances the dangers even further. Phoebe soon finds out that her father’s trip to America is more than just purchasing Sapphires for someone.

This is a story full of emotions and tension. Add to that the lies and secrets, deception and suspense and you have a wonderful and intriguing story written by author Tracie Peterson. The characters were believable and realistic and full of life. As the story develops the more intense it gets, and the more I couldn’t put it down. This is one of those books that I pick up and read until its finished. Even though we know who is doing what in the story, I kept wondering how it would end, and I didn’t figure this one out. The ending was pretty amazing. And that’s really all I want to say about this book. I hate giving away the plot, and if please watch when reading the review if you don’t want to know what happens.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

Little does Phoebe know that her father’s plans—for the sapphires and his daughter—are not what they seem. If you love historical fiction, romance, and adventure, don’t miss Tracie Peterson’s A Beauty Refined. When Phoebe meets Ian, everything changes. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie—a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Join Tracie in celebrating the release of A Beauty Refined by entering to win her Precious Gems giveaway (details below) and by attending her author chat party on August 9!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/9. The winner will be announced at A Beauty Refined Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and fellow fans of historical fiction, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 9th!

 

 

 

Litfuse Presents Medical Judgemt by Richard L. Mabry, M. D.

Medical Judgemt
by Richard L. Mabry, M. D.

Medical JudgmentMedical Judgment (Abingdon Press, May 2016)

Dr. Sarah Gordon lost her husband and daughter. Now she’s about to lose her life.

After losing the two people she loved the most, Sarah Gordon doesn’t think life could get worse. But, after a fire in her garage is ruled an arson, she begins to realize someone is after her—and that person wants to see her dead. But first, they want to see her suffer.

Her late husband’s best friend, Kyle Andrews, and a recovering alcoholic detective, Bill Larson, are trying to solve the mystery before it’s too late, and they’re both trying to win her heart, too. Not only does Sarah feel torn between two men, she also feels as though she cannot trust anyone.

With creepy threats that become more and more sinister, Sarah finds herself in constant fear, but even the best home alarm technology won’t protect her. Who is doing this, and why are they after her?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Dr. Sarah Gordon has already lost her daughter and husband, now someone is coming after her as well. But who is it? Kyle Andrews and detective Larson doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere solving the case. Things just keep getting worse and creepy for this Dr. I love Dr. Mabry’s books because they keep me on the edge of my seat, and I cant put the book down until I finish it! As much as I tried, I couldn’t figure out who the evil creep was that was harassing Dr. Gordon.

When I see a Dr. Mabry book, I know its going to be an awesome read. Being a medical Dr., he so professionally  weaves the lives of Drs., nurses,  hospitals,  patients and everything in between into his books book and makes them seem like real life stories. And adding the suspense makes for a great medical fiction read. If you have never read one a book from this author, I very highly recommend that you check out Medical Judgement, and while you are checking out this book, check out the other books by this great author, Dr. Richard L. Mabry, M.D.

I received this book from Litfuse Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

 

About the Author, Richard Mabry

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun… by: Lynne Hinton

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun
by: Lynne Hinton

 

Sister Eve and the Blue NunSister Eve and the Blue Nun (Thomas Nelson, May 2016)

After a murder at the monastery, Sister Eve may need a miracle if she is to prove a dear friend isn’t a cold-blooded killer.

Sister Eve, a motorcycle-riding nun with a natural (or is it supernatural?) gift for solving murders returns to the enclave she once called home and quickly finds herself confronting yet another mysterious death.

Someone has poisoned Dr. Kelly Middlesworth—a researcher on the life and ministry of 17th-century’s revered “Blue Nun”—and a set of irreplaceable historic documents have disappeared before they could even be examined.

When all evidence seems to point to the victim’s brother, Sister Eve sets out to expose the killer and learn the explosive truth those missing manuscripts might contain.

Chasing a killer is dangerous work, and as her two worlds collide, Sister Eve may need some heavenly help simply to survive.

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This cozy mystery was a fun read, but sometimes the characters were all over the place. I did enjoy the vivid description of New Mexico from the author, it  was fun to imagine being there with the characters. After twenty years at the Pecos monastery, Sister Eve was ask to leave and find another place to live. Much of the story goes back and forth as to what Sister Eve really wants to do, stay a Nun or solved mysteries. She was bold tampering with the evidence when she found the Dr. murdered. And I thought it a little weird that a nun would steal and withhold details she knew about the murder. I don’t know a lot about Nun’s, except for what I’ve read, but the sister sure didn’t act like any Nuns I have read about.

There was a lot going on in the story, and following Sister Eve, was confusing. But if you enjoy a cozy mystery, you will enjoy this one.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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Lynne Hinton is the “New York Times” bestselling author of “Friendship Cake” and “Pie Town.” A native of North Carolina, she received her undergraduate degree from the U.N.C. at Greensboro and her Masters of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She also studied at Wake Forest University and the NC School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking. She has served as a chaplain with hospice and as the pastor of Mount Hope United Church of Christ and First Congregational United Church of Christ, both in North Carolina. Lynne is a regular columnist with The Charlotte Observer. She lives with her husband, Bob Branard, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

LITFUSE presents…A Daughters Dream by Shelley Shepard Gray

A Daughters Dream
by Shelley Shepard Gray

A Daughter’s DreamA Daughter’s Dream (Avon Inspire, May 2016)

A young teacher and farmer discover they have much in common, especially when it comes to healing old wounds from the past . . . and finding love in one another.

Rebecca Kinsinger has always dreamed of being a teacher. But when she’s given the opportunity she’s been waiting for at Charm Amish School, she’s dismayed to discover that teaching is hard work—work she’s afraid she’s not very good at.

That is, until Lilly Yoder joins the class. A thirteen-year old who’s just lost her parents, Lilly is in need of someone like Rebecca. For the first time since starting her new job, Rebecca feels a sense of purpose. But when she meets Lilly’s uncle, Jacob, his good looks and sweet, easy-going temperament are hard to ignore. How can she even entertain romantic thoughts of Jacob when his niece is her student?

Suddenly becoming Lily’s sole caregiver, Jacob Yoder never thought he’d be a single parent—or a farmer. Having been living in Florida as a carpenter, Jacob feels more at home wielding a hammer than a backhoe. The only bright spot in his life is Rebecca Kinsinger. As Lily and Rebecca develop a bond, Jacob’s fondness for the pretty teacher grows, too.

But when a fateful accident brings them together, Rebecca and Jacob must choose between duty and desire. Will they follow the path before them? Or set out to find true happiness . . . and true love?

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Rebecca Kinsinger finally gets her dream of becoming a teacher, but things are just not going right with her teaching abilities. The job is just not what she thought it would be. When a new student comes to her class, Rebecca starts feeling like  for once, she is needed. Lilly has lost both parents, and her uncle Jacob has stepped up to be her parent, even though he is single and knows nothing about parenting. As Jacob and Rebecca spends more time together, Rebecca decides she wants more out of life than being a teacher.

I  love Shelley Shepard Gray’s books, and I fell in love with Rebecca and Jacob’s story! Ms. Gray does and exceptional job of weaving together the characters and different situations in this story, making it such a heartwarming and entertaining read. There was so much good stuff in this story that I found myself going back many times and re-reading pages or chapters. This is definitely a book I will keep and read again. If you are an Amish book fan, you will love Jacob and Rebecca’s story. I am patiently waiting for the next book in this series. I know it will be just as refreshing and entertaining as this one.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

 

Shelley Shepard Gray

 

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

Litfuse Presents…Through the Shadows by: Karen Barnette

Through the Shadows
by: Karen Barnette

Through the ShadowsThrough the Shadows (Abingdon, May 2016)

As San Francisco rises from the ashes, an age-old battle looms between corruption and the promise of new beginnings.

The devastating earthquake is just two years past, but the city of San Francisco is still trying to recover. Destruction of this magnitude is not so easy to overcome-and neither are the past regrets shadowing Elizabeth King’s hopeful future.

Hoping to right her wrongs, Elizabeth dedicates herself to helping girls rescued from slavery in Chinatown brothels, even if it means putting her own life at risk to sneak through the gloomy alleys and rooftops where dangers lurk.

Putting her life on the line for a worthy cause is admirable. But opening her heart is even more terrifying. So when Elizabeth meets attorney, Charles McKinley—a man who dreams of reforming San Francisco’s crooked politics—Elizabeth begins to doubt: Can she maintain her pretense and hide her past? Or will her secret jeopardize both their futures?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The city of San Francisco is trying to rebuild after the devastating disaster of the earthquake two years before. Elizabeth King is also trying to forget about the dark dreaded places of her past, so she dedicates herself to helping girls rescued from slavery in Chinatown brothels, and just maybe get in God’s good graces. And maybe Elizabeth’s new friend Charles McKinley can help with some on the paperwork side of helping these young girls.

The real life story and ministry of Donaldina Cameron is the inspiration for this story, Through the Shadows. Ms. Cameron served at San Francisco’s Presbyterian Mission and because of her ministry, 3000 young Chinese girls were rescued from slavery and prostitution. This made the story much more appealing, knowing these situations and issues acted out by these wonderful characters actually happened. Karen Barnette does a wonderful job weaving together this special story to not only tell of what happened in early history, as well as making us away of what is happening in the world.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Karen Barnett is the author of “Beyond the Ashes,” “Out of the Ruins,” and “Mistaken.” Named the 2013 Writer of Promise by Oregon Christian Writers, Karen lives in Albany, Oregon, with her husband and two kids. When she’s not writing novels, she loves speaking at women’s events, libraries, and book clubs.

Litfuse Presents…Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin plus giveaway

Someone Like You
by Victoria Bylin

Someone Like You

Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate.

A brand new Christian, Julia is busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father’s less-than-ideal influence on him. When a big account from her event-planning business sends her to the Caliente Springs resort, she’s shocked to come face-to-face with Zeke Monroe, the resort’s general manager and her college sweetheart.

With his faith in tatters, Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort running despite financial difficulties. But when Julia walks back into his life, he can’t ignore the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client’s dream wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. When Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Julia is excited about going to the Caliente Springs Resort to hopefully land an account with her new event planning business. What she never expected was to run into her old boyfriend Zeke Monroe. The history with these two was years ago, but as they continued to spend time together, it was clear that old feelings begin to surface. But the there is Julia’s son’s dad that is in the picture, and he is determined to marry Julia to complete his family.

This is such a sweet heartwarming story, one that I loved reading! Victoria Bylin created and developed characters that fit the story so well, characters that found a special place in my heart, and characters that I wasn’t so impressed with because of their personality. Overall, the story, characters, setting, was very well written. There is a lot going on in this one book, and Victoria does an amazing job of weaving it altogether to make this a wonderful read. The romances, the working environment, dealing with the ex, and the other issues that comes up in this book are so realistic, it is almost like watching this story play out in real life.

Another point is, I appreciate the Godly values in the life of the Christian characters was so strong in the story, however, I was disappointed that redemption through the love, grace and forgiveness of the Lord wasn’t brought out in more detail. And I don’t want to go into it  more because it will give the story away! This is a sweet, heartwarming, clean romance that you don’t want to miss.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

Enter to win a copy of Someone Like You—five winners will be chosen! Click the image below to enter to win. The winners will be announced June 1 on the Litfuse blog!

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Victoria Bylin

 

Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances known for their realistic, relatable characters. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky.

Litfuse Presents Mars . . . with Venus Rising by Hope Toler Dougherty plus Kindle Giveaway

Mars . . . with Venus Rising 
by  Hope Toler Dougherty

 

Mars . . . with Venus RisingMars . . . with Venus Rising (Pelican Book Group, August 2015)

A meddling horse, paper bag floors and a flying saucer on the town square. The little town of Mars has it all—including a brand new resident who might spell heartache for one of its own.

Twenty-something Penn Davenport yearns for an exciting life in the big city and wants to shed the label of orphan that she’s worn for years. To achieve that dream, she must pass the CPA exam then move away from the two aunts who reared her after her parents died in a plane crash.

When John Townsend—full of life and the joy of living—moves to town, he rattles Penn’s view of herself, her life, and her dreams…which isn’t such a bad thing until she falls for him and discovers he’s a pilot.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Penn Davenport’s goal in life is to be a CPA and live the big city life. At the time, she is living with the two aunts that have raised her since her parents died in a plane crash. Then John Townsend arrives in town, causing a lot of questions Penn hadn’t thought about before. And then she finds out that he is a pilot. So much attraction, yet such different people.

Mars . . . with Venus Rising is a wonderful entertaining and light read. This is one of those books you can read in a day. Penn’s aunt’s were a hoot! With those two, the story was full of humor! And determined to do anything they could to make sure Penn and John spent time together. It was when several twists and turns happened that Penn’s view on life begin to change. Was it really important to live in a big city with a big job? Or could Penn be happier in the little town she grew up in. This is a beautiful story, one that will give you several hours of enjoyment. Check out Mars . . . with Venus Rising. You will not be disappointed!

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

Hope Toler Dougherty

Hope Toler Dougherty holds a Master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University as well as York Technical College. A member of ACFW, RWA and SinC, she writes for Almost an Author. Before writing novels, she published non-fiction articles on topics ranging from gardening with children to writing apprehension. She cheers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, ACC basketball, and Army West Point Football. Hope and her husband, Kevin, live in North Carolina and chat with their two daughters and twin sons through ooVoo.

 

AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY

Travel to the small town of Mars, where you’ll find a meddling horse, paper bag floors, and a flying saucer on the town square—in Hope Toler Dougherty’s book, Mars . . . with Venus Rising. Penn Davenport dreams of passing the CPA exam and moving away from the two aunts who reared her after her parents died in a plane crash. When John Townsend—full of life and the joy of living—moves to town, he rattles Penn’s view of herself, her life, and her dreams . . . which isn’t such a bad thing until she falls for him and discovers he’s a pilot.

Celebrate Hope’s Mars . . . with Venus Rising blog tour with a Kindle Fire Prize Pack giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Mars . . . with Venus Rising
  • A $25 Amazon gift card
  • A Kindle Fire

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on May 18th. The winner will be announced May 19th on Hope’s blog.

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Litfuse presents…The Inheritance by Michael Phillips

The Inheritance
by Michael Phillips

 

The InheritanceThe Inheritance (Bethany House, April 2016)

The death of the clan patriarch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whale’s Reef into turmoil.

Everyone assumed MacGregor Tulloch’s heir to be his grand-nephew David, a local favorite, but when it is discovered that MacGregor left no will, David’s grasping cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island’s land. And while Hardy doesn’t enjoy much popular support, he has the backing of a shadowy group of North Sea oil investors. The courts have frozen the estate’s assets while the competing claims are investigated, leaving many of the residents in financial limbo. The future of the island—and its traditional way of life—hangs in the balance.

Loni Ford is enjoying her rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, DC. Yet in spite of her outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her paternal grandparents, and while she loves them dearly, she feels completely detached from her roots. That is until a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor. . . .

Past and present collide in master storyteller Phillips’s dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace, and of the dreams of men and women everywhere.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

For me, The Inheritance was slow going at first, but I am glad I stuck with reading it, because it turned out to be a very good read! David made sure his uncle, MacGregor Tulloch was cared for, and everyone knew that David would be the heir of the estate and the next clan chief . But when cousin Hardy comes into the picture claiming his uncle’s inheritance, tensions started flying everywhere, as well as questions from everyone on the island. There was news that Hardy wanted to start selling of things on the island, closing down the main workplace, things that would destroy the income of people there. What would happen to their small Scottish Island now that things are so up in the air.

This is the first book my Michael Phillips that I have read, and it took me a little time to get use to his writing style, and I will say, I will be looking for more Michael Phillips books in the future! The Scottish language threw me off for a bit, but after I started understanding it better, I actually enjoyed it. It is fun to pretend to be inside a book with the characters, and this was a great book to do that. The characters were wonderfully created and well developed, those some of them really got on my nerves. David and Hardy are completely different. With completely different motives. One we like, and one we dislike. And just about the time I was hoping for some confirmed answers to the story, the book ended! So now its wait until Book 2 of this series, and I can hardly wait to read the next installment of this story. This is an awesome read, and I am very impressed with the writing style of Mr. Phillips.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips is a bestselling author with more than 70 of his own titles. In addition, he has served as editor/redactor of nearly 30 more books. He is known as the man responsible for the reawakened interest in George MacDonald of the last 30 years. In addition to the MacDonald titles adapted/edited for today’s reader, his publishing efforts in bringing back full-length quality facsimile editions also spawned renewed interest in MacDonald’s original work. Michael and his wife, Judy, spend time each year in Scotland but make their home near Sacramento, California.

Litfuse Presents A Dream of Miracles by: Ruth Reid

  A Dream of Miracles
by: Ruth Reid

A Dream of MiraclesA Dream of Miracles (Thomas Nelson, April 2016)

Amish widow Mattie vows never to love again . . . until a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world.

Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son’s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.

Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won’t rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo’s worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.

When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible—not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo’s dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

A Dream of Miracles was such a very good read. Mattie Diener was raising her two young children along, after she lost her husband. It was when Mattie’s son became ill that her life took another drastic change. The Dr. on call was not Mattie’s regular Dr., didn’t know Mattie at all, and apparently wanted to make a name for herself, because she accused Mattie of abusing her children. How horrible for this young widow mother that loved her kids. And then there was Social worker Bo Lambright. Is there anything Bo can do to help Mattie. Does he believe what she is telling everyone?

My heart went out to Mattie, what a terrible thing this Dr. put her through. But the problem was the effects on her son’s illness and the reactions he was having. When Bo started investigating, something was different about Mattie than most people he had to deal with. Even though his job was to make sure the children were safe, he didn’t thing Mattie abused her kids. Tension was sure running wild throughout this book. I don’t want to tell anything else about the plot to give it away. If you enjoy Amish fiction, you will want to check out this new book from Ruth Reid.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

ABOUT THIS AUTHOR

Ruth Reid

Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She’s a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life.

Litfuse Presents..Playing the Part by Jen Turano

Playing the Part
by Jen Turano

Playing the PartPlaying the Part (Bethany House, March 2016)

About the Book

Can they accept who they are behind the parts they play in time to save the day?

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucetta’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson’s estate to hide out.

Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows.

Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can’t ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it’ll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love reading a Jen Turano book because it always has me laughing and wondering what will happen next! I have loved this series and can not wait until her next book comes out!  Lucetta Plum is a well known actress, but a threatening fan causes her to run! and her friend Abigail has just the right place for her to go. Right to the home, or castle as we should say, of Abigail’s grandson, Bram Haverstein. Brian is a really wonderful but suspicious young man. Everyone feels that he is living off his dad’s money. Bram’s staff didn’t easily accept his grandmother and her friend, you will sure to be laughing and crying as well at the series of events that happens.

This book is so loveable and enjoyable. It is well written, the characters are the best and very well developed. When I finished this book, I felt like I knew Bram, Lucetta and the cast of characters for real. I love books like this because these are the ones that I keep to read a second and third time. Playing the Part is a sure keeper for me. And the title is so fitting, because Actress Lucetta Plum played her part so very well. There are surprises and many mysterious things going on at this house. But you need to read the book to find out. You will find youself for hours of entertainment and enjoyment reading Playing the Part.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

About Jen Turano

 

Jen Turano, author of the Ladies of Distinction series and the A Class of Their Own series, is a graduate of the University of Akron. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

Litfuse Presents….Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor  

by Melanie Dobson

Shadows of Ladenbrooke ManorShadows of Ladenbrooke Manor (Howard, June 2015)

When Heather Toulson returns to her parents’ cottage in the English countryside, she uncovers long-hidden secrets about her family history and stumbles onto the truth about a sixty-year-old murder.

Libby, a free spirit who can’t be tamed by her parents, finds solace with her neighbor Oliver, the son of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor. Libby finds herself pregnant and alone when her father kicks her out and Oliver mysteriously drowns in a nearby river. Though theories spread across the English countryside, no one is ever held responsible for Oliver’s death.

Sixty years later, Heather Toulson, returning to her family’s cottage in the shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, is filled with mixed emotions. She’s mourning her father’s passing but can’t let go of the anger and resentment over their strained relationship. Adding to her confusion, Heather has an uneasy reunion with her first love, all while sorting through her family’s belongings left behind in the cottage. What she uncovers will change everything she thought she knew about her family’s history.

Award-winning author Melanie Dobson seamlessly weaves the past and present together, fluidly unraveling the decades-old mystery and reveals how the characters are connected in shocking ways.

Set in a charming world of thatched cottages, lush gardens, and lovely summer evenings, this romantic and historical mystery brings to light the secrets and heartaches that have divided a family for generations.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Heather’s trip back to her family home after the death of her father brought more pain and secrets than she ever expected. Heather never knew her older sister who died at an early age, and uncovering things belonging to Libby brought with them a lot of questions about her sister and what happened to her so long ago. But is Heather ready to learn the truth about what happened?

This as an amazingly written book, one that I was thoroughly engulfed in. I could feel the pain and emotions of Heather and her daughter as she continued to uncover the details of what happened, the family lies, secrets, the questionable choices that was made at the time. Ms. Dobson handled the situations in a way that pulled me into the story, and I felt like I was there, and a part of the situation. I love books that does this! I appreciate how Ms Dobson deals with difficult family situations and handicaps and weaves it into a story that grips the hearts of her readers. I loved this story, I enjoy the mystery and suspense, keeping me reading almost non stop until I finished the book! I highly recommend this book, its just awesome!

I received this book from the Litfuse to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

About the Author……Melanie Dobson

Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of thirteen historical romance, suspense, and contemporary novels. Two of her novels won Carol Awards in 2011, and “Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana” won Best Novel of Indiana in 2010. Melanie lives with her husband Jon and two daughters near Portland, Oregon.