Phoebe’s Light By Suzanne Woods Fisher + Kindle Fire Giveaway

About the Book

Title: Phoebe’s Light

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre: Historical romance

Release Date: February 6, 2018

Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she’s doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a “minder” on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Mitchell, a man whom she loathes.

Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary’s journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe’s shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way—just in time.

In this brand-new series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her signature twists and turns to bear on a fascinating new faith community: the Quakers of colonial-era Nantucket Island.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Being a pretty strong willed young lady, Phoebe Starbuck marries Captain “Garcon” Foulger, captain of a whaling ship, thinking she will better her life and that of her dads. As the story unfolds, Phoebe finds answers and many secrets reading an old journal of her great-grandmother Mary’s, given to Phoebe by her dad. These secrets involve Phoebe’s new husband as well as everyone else on the ship.

I have to say I wasn’t a Phoebe fan from the start. I just didn’t like her personality, making this book pretty slow and sometimes boring, especially in the beginning. As she read the old sheepskin journal and Great Mary’s story, it was interesting how these ladies stories were so much the same. I did enjoy Mary’s story and look forward to more if it in the next book.

I don’t read a lot of Quaker books, their religion is confusing and a little weird to me, but Ms. Gray did answer a lot of questions for me about the Quakers. And I also enjoyed the vivid historical scenery and facts throughout this book. The author did a wonderful job of weaving it altogether. I think someone who enjoys Amish style books will enjoy Phoebe’s story. However, I would read this book before allowing your teenage girls to read it, because there are a few compromising situations that may not be appropriate.

A copy of this book was provided by Celebration Lit Tours and the author for me to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

 

 

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna’s Crossing, The Newcomer, and The Return in the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop’s Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Guest Post from Suzanne Woods Fisher

A Stroll down Petticoat Row

Thirty years ago, I talked my sister into going on a trip to Nantucket Island. It’s one of those places that had always intrigued me. As a girl in the 1930s, my mother’s family vacationed in Nantucket; she even has a lightship basket to show for it. I expected the island to be interesting and beautiful, and it certainly did not disappoint. But something else happened as I walked down Centre Street one morning. This island captured my imagination in a way that’s hard to put into words. At the risk of sounding a tiny bit sun touched, I could practically see 19th century people on the roads, hear the “thee’s and thou’s” in their speech, even smell the strong scents of a bygone century—the musky perfume of rendered whale oil, the burning wood of the blacksmith, all mingled with the bracing sea air.

Centre Street has a local nickname: Petticoat Row. It comes from the 1800s, when men were at sea for long periods and women stepped into their shoes to keep businesses going. Nantucket women gained a reputation for being strong and capable. Their competence was encouraged by the Society of Friends (Quakers), the island’s dominant religion, which believed in the equality of men and women in all aspects of life. That hasn’t changed. Today, half of all Nantucket businesses are run by women.

Petticoat Row stuck in my mind, and eventually became the hook to contract a series of historical fiction with Revell Books. The ‘Nantucket Legacy’ series covers the rise and fall of Nantucket’s whaling period, when it became the wealthiest port in the world.

First up is Phoebe’s Light, releasing in February 2018, a novel about a spirited young woman who seeks her fortune only to find out she already had it.

After reading about Phoebe, I hope you’ll consider planning a trip to Nantucket (though try to go off-season. The population swells five times in the summer!). When you go, include a stop at the Petticoat Row Bakery (35 Centre Street)—the very location where Phoebe grew up, albeit a few centuries ago. Don’t leave the island without trying the Morning Glory Muffins, an island favorite. So worth the trip!

Nantucket’s Famous Morning Glory Muffins

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup sugar

2 ¼ cup flour

1 tablespoon cinnamon

2 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ cup shredded coconut

½ cup raisins

2 cup grated carrots (4 large)

1 apple, shredded

8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained

½ cup pecans or walnuts

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla

Instructions:

Sift together sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Add the fruit, carrots and nuts and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with oil and vanilla. Combine with dry ingredients and blend well.

Spoon batter into cupcake tins lined with muffin papers. Fill each cup to the brim. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes. These muffins needs 24 hours to ripen their full flavor. They freeze extremely well.

Recipe courtesy of Pamela A. McKinstry, Sconset Café

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Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death–and puts Trish under police scrutiny–her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn’t certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge–and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn’t just dangerous . . . it’s deadly.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps–and figure out what they missed!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

ABOUT THIS BOOK 

During Garrett Addison’s first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She’s the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common–a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene.

The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies–number six–Garrett blames himself and believes he doesn’t have what it takes to be an agent. What he’ll discover is that, while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him–or Jordan.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris unveils an unforgettable story of a case that has haunted the public and law enforcement for more than a decade. Fans of the Nikki Boyd Files will thrill to finally discover what actually happened to Nikki’s sister, Sarah. New readers will become instant fans after devouring this chilling tale.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

ABOUT THIS BOOK

During Garrett Addison’s first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She’s the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common–a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene.

The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies–number six–Garrett blames himself and believes he doesn’t have what it takes to be an agent. What he’ll discover is that, while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him–or Jordan.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris unveils an unforgettable story of a case that has haunted the public and law enforcement for more than a decade. Fans of the Nikki Boyd Files will thrill to finally discover what actually happened to Nikki’s sister, Sarah. New readers will become instant fans after devouring this chilling tale.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
I have thoroughly enjoyed Lisa Harris’s Nikki Boyd Files series. And Wow was Vanishing Point an awesome ending to the series. Throughout the series, Nikki’s main focus was in trying to find what happened to her sister Sarah, and in Vanishing point, we finally find out the answer to what happens to Sarah. And you will not find that out in my review, and hopefully no one else reveals is in their review.

Lisa Harris has an incredible way of writing Christian Suspense stories that will keep you up at night with their horrified, shockingly, scary, but yet romantic tales that will stay with you for a long while after you read the book. And when I say horrified, it’s not a horror book, it’s just the way you feel where reading some of the scenes, and I love, love it!! And I love that throughout the story Ms. Harris weaves the Christian life into her characters. And tries to answer the questions ask in situations that was in the book. The book deals with children who have lost their lives because of horrible people, and the questions like how do parents and families go on living, or why didn’t God stop what was happening, because we know he can. And I think the characters played their parts so well throughout the entire book. What a series of characters that were very well created and loved (well most of them). If you love suspense/thrillers, and a good clean book, this one is a must. In fact the entire series is a must. They are all awesome!

I received this book from Revell Publishers 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.

The Christmas Blessing By Melody Carlson

When she receives the news in late 1944 that her baby’s father was shot down in the South Pacific, Amelia Richards loses hope. Jobless and broke, she has nowhere to turn for help but her infant’s paternal grandparents. The only problem is, they don’t know that she–or their grandson–exists. When Amelia discovers that the family is wealthy and influential, dare she disclose the truth of her relationship with their son? Or could the celebration of the arrival of another unexpected baby nearly two thousand years ago be the answer to her dilemma?

Beloved author Melody Carlson pens a story of love, hardship, and reconciliation that will leave readers filled with Christmas joy.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Amelia Richards was an independent woman, but when she learns her boyfriend and baby’s father was shot down in the war, she was all alone, knowing nothing about the baby’s father’s family.

As usual, Melody Carlson writes a gripping story that will have readers engulfed in the story until the very last page, wanting to know what happens to Amelia and her baby. This is a very well written story, the only thing is, I was wishing for a longer story and more details. But for a novella, this is a sweet wonderful story of love, patience and endurance. As well as love and surprises. I highly recommend this book for anyone to read. And though it is written as a Christmas story, it can be read anytime of the year.

I received this book from Revell Publishers 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.

 

All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick

ABOUT THIS BOOK

“Once again, Jane Kirkpatrick creates a bold and inspiring woman out of the dust of history. Jennie’s triumph, in the skilled hands of one of the West’s most beloved writers, leaves its mark on your heart.”–Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author

Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s is an unforgiving place–especially for a single mother. To support herself and her young son, Jennie finds work caring for an older woman. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman’s widowed husband, a man many years her senior. Their unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal–but the road forward is uncertain.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

This was a good story, it started out with Jennie’s husband trying to make a life for his family. But unbeknown to Jennie, he filed for divorce, giving her the papers months after he did so. Jennie, enjoying her knowledge of herbs and their healing finds work caring for an older woman. By the time the woman passed on, Jennie and her very much old husband had fell in love.

The first of this story was heartbreaking for Jennie and I felt sorry for her, was really happy she could find work to support she and her son. But then the story changes and Jennie’s life is better than it has ever been. And this is where I really didn’t care for Jennie’s character. I felt like her dreams to be a Dr was so strong she gave up her family to do so. Her son was giving her so much trouble, her smaller children were hers to take care of, but she was more interested in her career as a Dr than she was taking care of her family. The story has a sad ending, I wasn’t expecting that. And I don’t want to go into anything else because I will be giving away too much. I encourage you to read this story. Your feeling about it may be completely different! Jane Kirkpatrick is a great author, I have read and loved many of her books. This is just not my favorite.

I received this book from Revell 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.

 

On Love’s Gentle Shores by Liz Johnson plus Giveaway

On Love’s Gentle Shores

by Liz Johnson

Author Liz Johnson has graciously offering a copy of On Love’s Gental Shores to one person in the US who comments on my blog! Scroll to the end for more info!

About

Fifteen years after she left Prince Edward Island, Natalie O’Ryan had no plans to return. But when her fiancé, music producer Russell Jacobs, books their wedding in her hometown and schedules a summer at Rose’s Red Door Inn, she sets out to put the finishing touches on the perfect wedding. But she can’t possibly prepare for a run-in with Justin Kane–the best friend she left behind all those years ago after promising to stay.

Justin’s never forgotten Natalie or the music career he always dreamed of pursuing. He’d been prepared to follow her off the island until his dad died and he was left to run the family dairy farm. He’s done the best he can with the life that was thrust upon him–but with Natalie back in the picture, he begins to realize just how much joy he’s been missing.

After Natalie’s reception venue falls through, she must scramble to find an alternative, and the only option seems to be a barn on Justin’s property. As they work together to get the dilapidated building ready for the party, Natalie and Justin discover the groundwork for forgiveness–and that there may be more than an old friendship between them.

 

My THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I just finished reading On Love’s Gentle Shores and Wow, Liz Johnson is an amazing writer! From the beautiful shores of PEI to the personal secret feelings of its characters, Ms. Johnson describes every little detail in a way that you feel you are living in the story as one of the characters.

The very last person Natalie O’Ryan wanted to see when she came back to PEI after 15 years was her one time best friend, Justin Kane. But wouldn’t you know he would be one of the first people she would see. And if she didn’t want to see Justin, well, he was more adamant about seeing her! Eventually emotions explode, and not in a good way, one letting the other know they had been severely hurt. But when Natalie’s fiancé has to go back to his job for weeks leaving her alone to plan the wedding, Russell suggests that Natalie’s friend Justin help her. But if Russell only knew, and if course he didn’t because Natalie hadn’t told him.

I so much enjoyed this whirlwind of a journey as the story plays out and emotions and tensions grow stronger every day between Natalie and Justin. And Liz Johnson makes sure we as readers feel every ounce of those feelings. Of course I fell in love with Justin, and Natalie was just the sweetest, but my reason for wanting them together so much was the past they had shared as best friends. And I’m going to stop at that because I don’t want to give away anything else. It will ruin everything for you, so you really need to read this one for yourself. Natalie, Russell and Justin’s story can be read as a stand alone, but it will much more interesting if you read the first two books in the series.

This book was given to me by the author, Lis Johnson. I was not required to write a review of this book. I chose to write this review, and the opinions are mine alone!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

By day Liz Johnson is a marketing manager for a Christian publisher. By night she makes up her own love stories. She is the author of seven novels, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short Christmas stories. She’s also a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist.

Liz is a graduate of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she earned a degree in public relations.

Now a resident of Nashville, she enjoys exploring local music, theater, and history of Middle Tennesee. She also takes every chance she can to visit Arizona to dote on her nieces and nephews. She writes stories filled with heart, humor, and happily ever afters.

http://www.LizJohnsonBooks.com.

 

A LITTLE MORE INFO ON LIZ JOHNSON

 

About Liz Johnson
How long have you been writing?
I wrote my first short story when I was seven and signed my first book contract when I was 27. In those years I kept writing and writing. I wrote my first novel when I was twelve, and it was a terrible western romance. I continued writing stories throughout high school and tried my hand at another novel in college. It was also really terrible. But I kept taking classes and learning and growing as a writer. And then when I was twenty-five I told a friend of mine about a book idea I had. She told me to set up a writing calendar, and then she checked with me every day to make sure I’d written the night before. That book—after many rounds of revisions—became my first published novel, The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn.

Why do you write?
Writing is a necessity for me. If I go too long without writing, the voices in my head start getting rowdy.

What’s the hardest thing about writing?
Overcoming distractions and fear. Like the dog who sees a squirrel, I’m easily distracted by interesting things. A new bit of research. A funny video. Pictures on Facebook. Pushing the distractions aside is hard but an essential part of writing. And the same is true of silencing the voices of doubt that I hear every time I sit down to start a new chapter. It’s easier to listen to that fear than it is to tell it it’s wrong and trust that you have an important message to share.

How long does it take you to write a book?
Every book is different, and I give myself enough time to write each one to the best of my ability. But my last couple Love Inspired Suspense books have each taken me about three months to finish.

What do you like to read?
I love to read just about anything I can get my hands on! Lately I’ve been reading a lot of Regency era romances by authors like Julie Klassen. I also love westerns by Karen Witemeyer and Regina Jennings. Sandra Orchard is a favorite in the romantic suspense genre. I also love general market favorites like The Princess Bride, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I wish I had more time to read, as there are so many good books releasing every day. But if I read as much I’d like to, then I’d never write!

What’s the best advice you have for aspiring writers?
Finish your manuscript. It’s hard work. It takes a long time, but there’s nothing like writing your first manuscript to practice writing. One of the best ways to get better at writing is by writing. So get your seat in a chair and your fingers on a keyboard (or pencil to paper) and get writing.

Is it true you once worked at Walt Disney World?
That is true.

What was it like?
It was the hardest job I’ve ever loved. There’s something amazingly wonderful about taking personal responsibility for giving every guest a great day.

What’s your least favorite household chore?
Getting my car cleaned. I’m terrified of being stuck in the carwash, so I avoid it at all costs.

What’s your favorite food?
My dad’s hamburgers. They’re always perfect and so tasty.

How can I get in touch with you?
Hop on over to the contact page and shoot me a note. Or visit me on Facebook or twitter. I try to respond to everyone who contacts me.

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These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart

These Healing Hills

by Ann H. Gabhart

 

About

“A fascinating and beautifully crafted story.”–Virginia Smith, bestselling author of The Amish Widower.

Francine Howard has her life all mapped out–until the man she loves announces his plans to bring home an English bride from war-torn Europe in 1945. Devastated, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service.

Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. His future shrouded in as much mist as his beloved mountains, he’s at a loss when it comes to envisioning what’s next for his life.

When Francine’s and Ben’s paths intersect, it’s immediately clear that they are from different worlds and value different things. But love has a way of healing old wounds . . . and revealing tantalizing new possibilities.

“Ann H. Gabhart captures a fascinating slice of Appalachian history in this tale of a mountain midwife and a soldier, bringing it to life as only a native Kentuckian can.”–Laura Frantz, author of A Moonbow Night

“Ann Gabhart combines vivid descriptions, meticulous research, and a deep understanding of the human heart to create a story that will linger in readers’ memories long after the last page is turned. This is a book to savor, not just once, but over and over. A true keeper.”–Amanda Cabot, bestselling author of A Stolen Heart

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, Love Comes Home, Words Spoken True, and The Heart of Hollyhill series, as well as several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at http://www.annhgabhart.com.

Endorsements

“Reading These Healing Hills is like wrapping up in a beloved quilt and stepping back in time. Ann H. Gabhart captures a fascinating slice of Appalachian history in this tale of a mountain midwife and a soldier, bringing it to life as only a native Kentuckian can. Poignant and romantic, witty and wise, with enduring spiritual truths, this is my favorite novel of hers to date.”

Laura Frantz, author of A Moonbow Night

“What a wonderful story! Filled with true-to-life characters (including some four-footed ones) and fascinating historical details, These Healing Hills is a beautifully written, heartwarming story of life in the Appalachian Mountains at the end of the Second World War. Ann Gabhart combines vivid descriptions, meticulous research, and a deep understanding of the human heart to create a story that will linger in readers’ memories long after the last page is turned. This is a book to savor, not just once, but over and over. A true keeper.”

Amanda Cabot, bestselling author of A Stolen Heart

“Ann H. Gabhart delivers a rich tale set in Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains at the close of World War II. Francine buries the painful loss of the man she loves beneath the difficult work of a frontier nurse midwife. The mountain people touch a place deep in her heart, and she gladly sacrifices the life she always wanted in order to serve them. But can she ever be truly happy among the hills and hollows where modern medicine often gives way to ancient folk cures? These Healing Hills is a fascinating and beautifully crafted story that I highly recommend.”

Virginia Smith, bestselling author of The Amish Widower

“You are sure to enjoy this endearing story of love lost and found in the enchanting hills of Kentucky.”

Jan Watson, author of the Troublesome Creek series

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Francine Howard’s life was on a right and happy path, or so she thought. But when them man she loves announces he’s bringing home a bride from the war, Francine makes the choice to move to the Appalachian Mountains and start her training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service. These mountains not only gave Francine a fresh new start, but a completely new life. She grew to loved and be a part of these mountain people.

Ben Locke was on his way home to his Kentucky mountains, having no idea where his life would end up. But meeting the new nurse in town made coming home a little sweeter. As Ben continues to help Nurse Howard find her way through these mountains, would she find her way to his heart too?

Ann Gabhart creates a lovely story of love, forgiveness and acceptance in These Healing Hills. For me, the story was so paced in the beginning, but as I kept reading, just as Francine did, I fell in love with these sweet Mountain people. The characters and plot were well created and developed. I love that the lives and situations in each scene in the book were so realistic I felt drawn to this place. Despite the hard work needed to survive, the people lived in ways most communities don’t. I highly recommend this beautiful story by Ann Gabhart!

I received this book from the publisher, Revell. I was not required to write a review, it was my choice to write this positive review, and the opinions in this review are my honest opinion’s only.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ann H. GabhartAnn H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted–as well as Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, Love Comes Home, Words Spoken True, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at http://www.annhgabhart.com.

OVER MAYAS DEAD BODY by Sandra Orchard

OVER MAYAS DEAD BODY by Sandra Orchard

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Crime doesn’t take a vacation

FBI Special Agent Serena Jones arrives on Martha’s Vineyard with her family, ready for a bit of R & R and a lot of reminiscing as they celebrate the engagement of an old family friend. But when a suspicious death tied to an antiquities smuggling ring interrupts her picture-perfect trip, she’s soon entangled in the investigation.

Propelled into danger, Serena must stay the course and solve this case before anyone else dies. But just how is she supposed to do that when the two men in her life arrive on the scene, bringing with them a boatload of romantic complications–and even a secret or two?

 

Praise for the Serena Jones Mysteries

“This intriguing look into the world of art theft from the perspective of an FBI agent will keep readers guessing.”–RT Book Reviews on A Fool and His Monet

“[Orchard] brings together mystery, comedy, love, and family issues to make the perfect story.”–Suspense Magazine on Another Day, Another Dali

“With plenty of edge-of-your-seat moments, Another Day, Another Dali gives the plucky Serena Jones–and readers–a new high-stakes case to crack.”–Relz Reviews on Another Day, Another Dali

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

It seems like FBI Special Agent Serena Jones runs into trouble no matter where she goes. This time is at an engagement party of an old family friend, Jack Hill, on Martha’s Vineyard, and she finds her friend dead. Could it be the fiancé? Or one of many friends and family?

Murder Mysteries are so much fun to try and figure out, and Sandra Orchard does a fantastic job of making that difficult for readers. Serena needed help so friends Nate and Tanner just happens to show up, both helping with the investigation, but both also trying to woo Serena.
And I can’t leave out Aunt Martha, whom I just love. This book is full of interesting characters, chills and thrills and enough twists and turns to keep your head spinning. But you will love this last installment in The Serena Jones Mysteries Series. I really hate to see this series end because I want to see more of Serena and Aunt Martha’s adventures. And who is Aunt Martha really? And does Serena pick Nick or Tanner as a dating partner? Of course you will need to read Over Maya Dead Body to find all the answers!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several books, including A Fool and His Monet; Another Day, Another Dali; and the Port Aster Secrets series. The winner of six Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Sandra has also received a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, a National Readers’ Choice Award, and a Daphne du Maurier Award. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Learn more at http://www.sandraorchard.com.

 

FREEDOMS PRICE BY Christine Johnson

FREEDOMS PRICE BY Christine Johnson

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

When Englishwoman Catherine Haynes loses both her parents and her home in 1856, she decides to cross the Atlantic to find her American mother’s family in Louisiana. She enlists the help of Tom Worthington, a dashing Key West man who makes his living salvaging wrecked ships, but whose real goal in life is to bring to justice the man who stole his father’s ship and caused his untimely death.

When Catherine finally arrives at her family’s plantation, she finds it in disarray and her family absent landowners. Torn between returning to Key West with Tom or beginning the hard work of restoring the plantation, Catherine soon finds herself snared in a plot to steal her inheritance. When an incredible secret comes to light, both she and Tom will face a choice. Can they relinquish the dreams that have been holding them captive in order to step forward in faith–even if it costs them everything?

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

After loosing her mother and father, Catherine Haynes leaves her home in England and makes the difficult trip across the ocean to America. Here she hopes to find her mothers family and the plantation they lived. But she faces even more difficulty after she arrived in Louisiana. It is then she meets sailor Tom Worthington, who is willing to help her in whatever way he can.

Wow! Author Christine Johnson writes a compelling story that will pull you in and won’t let go till the end! My heart was breaking for Catherine throughout the story as her situations worsen. I was so happy when Tom came on the scene, but the two of them get wrapped up into schemes, secrets, plots that will ruin them both.
There’s much going on in this story, but it keeps your attention, and keeps you reading till the end. I encourage you to pick up Freedom’s price and read it for yourself. And check out the first two books in this series as well.

I received this book from Revell 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 

A small-town Michigan girl, Christine Johnson has lived in every corner of the state’s Lower Peninsula. After trying her hand at music and art, she returned to her first love–story. She holds degrees in English and library studies and works part-time as a librarian. She feels blessed to write for Love Inspired and Revell.

When not at the computer keyboard, she loves to hike, kayak, and explore God’s majestic creation. She and her husband split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys. Christine enjoys hearing from readers through her web site at http://christineelizabethjohnson.com.

Rescue Me by Susan May Warren. From Revell

 Rescue Me

by Susan May Warren

About this book 

Rescue Me (Montana Rescue #2)
What happens when the rescuer has to be rescued? When a van full of teenagers is lost in the rugged mountains of Montana, it’s logical that PEAK Rescue would call out deputy Sam Brooks. Only problem is…he’s lost with them. It’ll take all the courage, skill and determination for Sam to rescue the wounded, scared teenagers. But when tragedy takes a dark turn, who will rescue Sam?
Deputy Sam Brooks is deeply committed to keeping the town of Mercy Falls safe. So he takes his role as liaison between the Mercy Falls Sheriff’s department and PEAK Rescue very seriously. However, he is also committed in his personal life. Once his mind is set on something – nothing can sway him.

Despite the opinions of others, Sam is sure that Sierra Rose is the perfect girl for him. She is safe, practical and organized; a far cry from her hippie, impulsive, bleeding heart sister, Willow.

Willow feels torn between her love for Sam and her desire to see her sister have a happy ending. At least for the time being, Willow focuses her attention on getting the job as youth pastor of her small-town church.

But when an arsonist strikes, Willow and Sam are forced to fight for their lives in the forbidding wilderness of Glacier National Park. Stranded and injured with the winter weather closing in, Willow and Sam will have to work together to rescue a crew of terrified teenagers. As they fight to survive, they might just discover a new hope for love.

 

Susan May Warren
Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over fifty novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of http://www.MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists. You can find her online at http://www.susanmaywarren.com.

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

A Matter of Trust
by: Susan May Warren

About the book
Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he’s remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana’s rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can’t seem to find his footing–or forget the woman he loved, who betrayed him.

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the limelight as the second-youngest senator in the country. But she has a secret–one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track.

When Ella’s brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park’s most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn’t so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he’ll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother, a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain.

But old sparks relight as they search for the missing snowboarder–and suddenly, they are faced with emotions neither can deny. But when Ella’s secret is revealed, can they learn to trust each other–even when disaster happens again?

Author: Susan May Warren
Series: Montana Rescue, Book 3
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Adventure
Tag: Epic Romantic Adventure
Publisher: Revell
Publication Year: 2017
ASIN: B01MYR22CG
ISBN: 9780800727451

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Ski Patrol Gage Watson is on the trail of teens in the wrong dangerous place in Glacier National Park, but when he caught up with them, one of the guys remembered Gage’s past life. Then Ella appeared and emotions and tension started flying all over the place. These two clearly have a dangerous history!

A Matter of Trust is an amazingly written story of dealing with past mistakes, of forgiveness and love, in the mist of tension and emotions. And I love how Susan May Warren incorporates Living the Christian life in the lives of her characters. Though some may take a while to let go and let God have control, it happens at some point in the story. Which is an awesome ministry, guiding readers to a better relationship with the Lord! I really enjoyed this third book in Montana Rescue Series! I ached for Gage because he truly was trying to forget his past and make something of his life, but his past kept coming back to bite him. And Ella, she was confusing because she was so wishy-washy about what she was trying to say. When Ella’s brother was missing, emotions spiked so high and I could feel the tension coming out of there pages!

I’ve never been to Glacier National Park, so it was a real treat for me as I read through the scenes that were so vividly described of the park. As I was reading this book as hi as the temperature is here, I thought myself freezing because I could feel the snow flying out of the pages of the book as well. Detention and that snow just felt so real and I loved it. I could keep going on and on talking about all of the action packed fun throughout this story, but you need to get the book and read it for yourself. It’s just not the same if you don’t read it yourself.

I highly, highly recommend a matter of trust. I received this book from the publisher, Revell. I was not required to write a review, it was my choice to write this positive review, and the opinions in this review are my honest opinion’s only.

 

About the Author

 

Susan May Warren Short Bio
Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over fifty novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of http://www.MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists. You can find her online at http://www.susanmaywarren.com.

 

 

 

 

NAOMI’s HOPE by Jan Drexler From Revell

NAOMI’s HOPE

by Jan Drexler

About this Book

Despite growing pains in her 1846 Amish community in Indiana, Naomi Schrock has settled into a comfortable life in her parents’ home with her adopted son, Davey. Surrounded by family and friends, she tries not to think about the fact that she’s not at the top of any man’s list of potential wives. Yet when Cap Stoltzfus moves into the area and befriends Davey, Naomi finds herself caught between the plans she has made for her future and the tantalizing thought that Cap might be part of a life she never dared to hope for.

When a couple shows up claiming to be Davey’s true family, Naomi and Cap must unite to make the decision that will determine the boy’s future as well as their own. How can she relinquish him to these unknown relatives? And can God somehow bring wholeness to her heart?

My Thoughts on this book 

Naomi Shrock is content with living with her family and her son Davey. That is until Cap Stoltzfus moves into the area and starts giving Naomi a little attention. The beginning of this story starts out slow, and difficult to keep your attention. But wanting to know the end results for Davey and Naomi, I kept reading and it gets much better. Naomi’s character got on my nerves some because she has so self confidence, but this was a good thing because it kept me reading to see if that would change. Even when Cap shows interest. I like Cap. He was very good with Davey, and Davey needed the man in his life.

And then he couple shows up claiming to be family of Davey’s and wanting to claim the land belonging to Davey. To me this entire scene was off or something. It was too fast happening and almost no details. It just didn’t seem to fit, but maybe that’s the way things happened back in the 1840’s. Overall this is a very nice read. And a nice ending to this series. I encouraged you to grab a copy for yourself. You will enjoy the few hours of entertainment!

I received this book from Revell 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

Jan Drexler brings a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to her writing. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s, and their experiences are the inspiration for her stories. Jan lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband of thirty-five years. She is the author of The Prodigal Son Returns, A Mother for His Children (winner of the 2013 TARA award), and A Home for His Family (finalist for the 2016 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award), as well as Hannah’s Choice and Mattie’s Pledge.

UNDER THE SUMMER SKIES BY MELODY CARLSON

UNDER THE SUMMER SKIES                                BY MELODY CARLSON

About this Book 

High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn’t long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who’s determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of Nicole’s close childhood friends–who also happen to be brothers–vying for her attention.

With a backdrop of a beautiful historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

School teacher Nicole Anderson is hoping for something different from her time teaching school, for her summer vacation. Her mom just happens to have a friend in Savannah that needs a house and Art Gallery sitter for three months while her husband takes her in a three month cruise. The house reeks of money, and Nicole has free run of the house and vehicle, as well as the Gallery. But was Nicole ready for the not so accommodating Gallery helper and the two sons that belong to her mom’s friend?

I enjoyed this sweet summer romance from Melody Carlson. The characters were artfully suited for a nice little romance, and they fit their parts well. Nicole did well in her summer job, though it did feel a bit over the top sometimes because the idea of a job like this is highly unlikely. At first the two guys seemed to good to be true, but then as you get to know them more as the story unfolds, you see what they are really made of. And I can’t leave out the vivid descriptions of Savannah so beautifully described by the author. After finishing the book I felt like I’d had a tour of the beautiful historical city of Savannah!  This book was given to me by the Publisher, ReI was not required to write a review of this book. I chose to write this review, and the opinions are mine alone!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and the contemporary romances Once Upon a Summertime and All Summer Long. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

 

A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot

A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot

ABOUT THIS BOOK

From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners–like her. Lydia won’t let that get her down, though. All will be well when she’s reunited with her fiancé. But when she discovers he has disappeared–and that he left behind a pregnant wife–Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?

Bestselling author Amanda Cabot invites readers back into Texas’s storied past to experience love and adventure against a backdrop of tension and mystery in this first book in a brand-new series.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is such a wonderful read! Lydia leaves NY and travels to Texas to meet her fiancé, who she finds out has left town as well as leaving his young pregnant wife. I’m not so sure I could have stayed in Texas knowing I had been rejected, as well as knowing how the Texas people feel about northerners. But instead of folding, and running back to NY, Lydia stays and is determined to make a life for herself.

I so much admire Lydia and her feisty determination to face the challenges ahead in her near future. I was so pleased with the towns people and even though suspicious of her at first, the did accept her and was willing to help. The entire story from beginning to end is full of pleasant surprises and twists and turns, the characters are fun to get to know, and the plot flows so well. This is one of those stories that I want to keep on my readers shelf to read again! I highly encourage you to pick up a copy to read for your enjoyment.

I received this book from the publisher Revell 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

With both parents avid readers, it’s no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction, which included a play for her fifth grade class entitled “All About Thermometers,” were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she’s sold more than thirty novels under a variety of pseudonyms. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and – of course – reading.

Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan

Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan

ABOUT THIS BOOK

All of her life, Grace Bidwell has longed for a loving husband and children, but now the chances of her dreams coming true are looking slim. Widowed and caring for her elderly father, she struggles to maintain her late husband’s ranch, until she places an ad for a hired hand.

Robert Frasier arrives in town with three pitiful, bedraggled children who have nothing but the tattered clothes on their backs and a load of hurt, pride, and anger. Believing this is divine intervention in her life, Grace welcomes them with open arms. As feelings grow between her and Robert, Grace will have to convince him that she is a woman who can be trusted with his heart.

Readers will be swept away into 1860s Montana’s lush Gallatin Valley, nestled among towering mountains and proud pines, in this emotional conclusion to the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Wow! I this is definitely a book I will keep and read again! Grace Bidwell lost her husband much too soon and is left trying to take care of her sick father as well as their potato farm, but it gets to be too much for her. She places an ad for help, and it was there in Eli’s Mercantile that she meets Robert and his three children. All looking to be in need of clothes and food. With discouragement from the oldest child, Grace buys the children peppermint sticks after hearing their dad say they didn’t have money for the candy. This is when I fell in love with Grace Bidwell and her sweet caring heart.

Set in 1860’s Montana, Trusting Grace is truly what this sort is all about. As Robert works for Grace and her dad, and Grace spends time with him and the kids, the two begins to have feels for each other, and Grace had her work cut out for her as she strives to convince Robert they can be together. Graces Loves Roberts children and wants to be a mom to them. But Robert isn’t so sure.

I loved Grace’s character, with her sweet and caring personality, and the love she has taking care of her father. Robert had to go on me a bit, as he struggled through the issues he is facing. As Ms. Brendan weaves the together the lives of these characters, we can see the love, forgiveness and grace extended by God to all of them. I received this book from The Publisher Revell 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

Maggie Brendan is a CBA bestseller and the author of Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides. She won the 2014 Book Buyers Best Award OCC/RWA2013 and the Laurel Wreath Award for Inspirational romance. Maggie was also a 2013 Finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2013 and 2014 Finalist for The Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award and was a 2012 Finalist for Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. Maggie is a member of Romance Writers of American, Faith Love and Hope, Georgia Romance Writers, and The Author’s Guild. Maggie loves all things western and enjoys doing reseach for her historical novels.

You can follow Maggie on her website http://www.MaggieBrendan.com and her blog, http://www.SouthernBelleWriter.blogspot.com. You can follow her on Twitter @MaggieBrendan.

 

Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson

Where Two Hearts Meet

by Liz Johnson

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Evocative Contemporary Romance Set in a Charming Inn on Beautiful Prince Edward Island

In her kitchen at the Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen–and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.

Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He’s also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he’s falling in love with the island’s red shores and Caden’s sweets.

When Caden discovers Adam isn’t who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he’s writing could do more than ruin the inn’s chances for survival–it might also break her heart.

Readers will discover hope for the hurting, joy for the broken, and romance for the lonely at the enchanting Red Door Inn.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Caden Holt is in her element when showing off her cooking skills for the Red Door Inn, but out in the public, she can’t get over her shyness, low self image and feelings of being a nobody! She was not at all feeling her happiest when she is ask to show the island to an important visitor.  And Adam Jacobs is not so sure of himself either, being on sabbatical on the island. But as the two spend time together, the attraction is hard to miss between the two.

Where Two Hearts Meet is the second book in Liz Johnson’s Prince Edward Island Dreams Series. And this series keeps getting better. Caden and Adam are two interesting characters. I already loved Caden from the first book, especially her quiet and shy ways, as well as her love and excellent skills of cooking. Adam had to grow on me a bit though, but as the story unfolds and Adam starts seeing Caden for the sweet person she really is, I had no choice but to love him as well. Adam and Caden both had their issues, both coming from two different lifestyles, and Ms. Johnson does a fantastic job of weaving the lives as Hearts of these two in a beautiful way. This is another book you just do not want to miss. If you are looking for a really, really good, clean book for a few hours of entertainment, then this is your book!! I gladly give it 5 stars!

I received this book from The author, Liz Johnson 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

By day Liz Johnson is the marketing director for a radio network. She finds time to write late at night and is a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. Liz makes her home in Tucson, AZ, where she enjoys theater, exploring local history, and doting on her nieces and nephews. She loves stories of true love with happy endings. Find out more about Liz at http://www.LizJohnsonBooks.com.

 

SANDPIPER COVE BY IRENE HANNON FOR REVELL

SANDPIPER COVE BY IRENE HANNON FOR REVELL

About

Wishing for things that can never be is foolish . . . or is it?

Hope Harbor police chief and single mom Lexie Graham has zero time for extracurricular activities–including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn’t looking for love either–but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief?

When Lexie enlists Adam’s help to keep a troubled young man from heading down the wrong path, sparks begin to fly. Could it be that God may have a different–and better–future planned for them than either could imagine?

Lauded by Library Journal as “a master at character development,” Irene Hannon welcomes you back to this charming Oregon seaside village.

Come home to Hope Harbor
where hearts heal–and love blooms

 

Praise for the Hope Harbor Novels

“[A] gorgeously rendered romance.”–RT Book Reviews on Hope Harbor

“Summer romance doesn’t get much better than this.”–Examiner.com on Sea Rose Lane

 

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty romantic suspense and contemporary romance novels, including One Perfect Spring, Hope Harbor, Sea Rose Lane, and the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have garnered dozens of honors, including three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of RWA’s elite Hall of Fame. In addition, she has received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

 

Adam Stone always stayed to himself most of the time because he just didn’t fit in with anyone after he got out of prison. But when chief police officer Lexie Graham shows up at his place several times because of vandalism several times, she could tell Adam really was a nice guy and could help one of the local guys involved in the vandalisms. But being around the chief might be more than he can handle.

This is the sweetest series, full of a wonderful close knit community of people who love and help each other. These characters have weaved their way into my heart as family, and I hope that we will hear from them again. And I love Charley, and his fish tacos make my mouth water! He is a person everyone wants to know, with his love of the Lord, and wise council to people God puts in his path. I appreciate how author Irene Hannon writes the love of God and the Christian life into the lives of her characters.

If you are looking for a wonderful, clean and entertaining read, this is an awesome book to read. And be sure to check out the first two books in this series!
I received this book from Revell 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.l

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Summer Long by Melody Carlson from Revell

All Summer Long

All Summer Long 
by Melody Carlson

She’s ready to take on a new challenge. What she doesn’t expect is an old flame.

Tia D’Amico is thrilled to move to San Francisco to help her aunt transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant. What’s not to love? Sunset dinner cruises, posh wedding receptions–the possibilities are endless and far more appetizing than staying in a monotonous job in her Podunk hometown. Besides, some of her best memories are tied to San Francisco–especially the memory of Leo Parker, her crush from a long-ago sailing camp.

When Leo Parker himself turns out to be the yacht’s captain, Tia is floating on air. But will it all come crashing down around her when she discovers his heart belongs to someone else?

Get ready for a romantic summer in San Francisco, where the future glistens brighter than the Bay at sunset.

Praise for Once Upon a Summertime

“Carlson kicks off her new series with this heartwarming and uplifting novel about taking a chance on fulfilling your dreams. . . . A pleasant summer escape.”–Library Journal

“Sweet, romantic, and endlessly entertaining.”–Christian Manifesto

“[The] perfect summer read for a day at the beach.”–CBA Retailers + Resources

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Tia D’Amico is more than excited when her aunt calls her to help transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant, but when she arrives in San Francisco she finds out her uncle had a heart attach, and she is pretty much on her own with the inside renovations. Taking care of the outside changes is the new Captain of the Yacht, Leo Parker. Leo and Tia had met ten years ago while she was visiting her aunt and went to a sailing camp. Tia was thrilled to be working with Leo, that is until she finds out he is engaged to a gorgeous young lady.

All Summer Long is an adorable romance from one of my favorite authors, Melody Carlson. The characters are sweet, hardworking and loves their families very much. As I was reading, I thought about this being an awesome read for teenagers, the would be able to relate with the characters better than us older folks. But don’t get me wrong, I loved Tia and Leo’s story. Even though they faced ups and downs, it was fun keeping up with the two and what was going on in their lives. I didn’t put this book down but a few times as I read it. If you are looking for an enjoyable, light summer read, this is an awesome book for you. I encourage you to check it out.

I received this book from Revell 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.

 

 

d32cf-melodycarlsonABOUT THIS AUTHOR

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson from Revell

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About This Book

Her future–and her heart–hang in the balance.

Two years ago, Prosperity Jones waved farewell to her beloved David as the army sent him to faraway Key West. Now with her parents gone, she has but one prospect for the future: make the dangerous journey from Nantucket to Key West to reunite with David and secure a happier life.

But when Prosperity arrives penniless in the South, she is dismayed to find David has not been eagerly awaiting their reunion. In fact, he is married to someone else. Scrambling to survive and nursing a broken heart, Prosperity gains the friendship–and the affection–of a kind doctor. Could he be the answer to her loneliness? Or will her life be upended by circumstance yet again?

With a deft hand, Christine Johnson fills the senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of Key West in this heartwarming story of honor lost, honor redeemed, and a love forged in adversity.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

 When Prosperity’s mother passed away, she was along, with not a lot of money. So, she decides to use what money she had to go to Key West where her fiancée was hoping for a happier life being with someone she knows. But what she didn’t except was to surprise David, and find the shock of her life that the love she thought she had was married to another. He had moved on, leaving her with nothing!

David is really a jerk, to put it nicely. He deserved a lot more that he rec’d because of what he did. I felt so bad for Prosperity, not knowing anyone. It’s when she meets a very kind Dr. that things starting looking up for her. Christine Johnson writes a wonderful and compelling story that will take you through a situation that no one should have to go through. But life happens, and Ms. Johnson does an amazing job of creating characters and developing their lives in a way that makes the story so realistic, it feels like reading a real life story. There was a lot going on in Honor Redeemed, and emotions flying everywhere, but through it all, God’s love, grace, forgiveness and redemption was so plain and clear. And that was so encouraging to me. Because God can take the horrible things in our lives and make something good and wonderful from them.

I encourage you to pick up a copy of this wonderful book for a few hours of joy and entertainment.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 57.

ABOUT THIS AUTHOR

Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson is the author of several books for Steeple Hill and Love Inspired and has been twice named a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® award. When not writing, she loves to hike and explore God’s majestic creation. These days, she and her husband, a Great Lakes ship pilot, split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys.

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