Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Honor Redeemed (Keys of Promise #2) by Christine Johnson

Two Men Vie for Her Affection--Survival Will Depend on Choosing the Right One
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. Arriving penniless in the South, Prosperity is dismayed to find David married to someone else. Scrambling to survive and nursing a broken heart, she 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 reader's 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.

About The Author

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.

My Review

This books starts on Nantucket Island in 1852 and Prosperity Jones has just lost her mother, and is now on her own, except she is engaged, a rather long one, to David Latham. He was sent by the Army to Key West Florida to rebuild after a hurricane, and now she feels she must join him.
Unbeknownst to Prosperity David did write with his devastating news that he has married, and when penniless she arrives he is not waiting for her. This is where our Elizabeth comes to the rescue, she and Rourke now live here with their little son, and it is great to reunite with these familiar people.
What a journey you are about to begin following our Prosperity around this Island, she is used to Island life, but this is an entirely different area in our country, and she needs to survive. It doesn’t take long and men take notice of her, but will her heart mend and allow her to move on? Circumstances are about to change her young life in the form of a new baby, he needs a mother and she needs the comfort this little one offers.
Now I can’t wait for the next book in this series!
I received this book through Revell Book Blogger Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Changed Agent by Tracey J. Lyons (

When schoolteacher Elsie Mitchell meets rugged William Benton on a train platform in Albany, it appears they have nothing in common. He isn’t the sort of fellow a proper young woman of the 1890s would ever speak to, much less become involved with. But when she arrives at her small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Elsie is offered a job as caregiver for this mysterious out-of-towner’s niece and nephew, who’ve been tragically orphaned. Heartbroken for them, she accepts.

Unknown to her, William is an undercover Pinkerton agent posing as a lumber-company foreman. He’s never wanted family—his work is too dangerous. Yet as Elsie transforms his house into a home and he spends time with the children, he feels drawn to family life—and to Elsie.

As a good Christian, Elsie is troubled by William’s secrets…though she does find him intriguing. And when a sinister figure from her past arrives, Elsie and William will have to trust in faith and newfound love to protect their unlikely family from danger.


About The Author

Tracey considers herself a small town gal writing small town books. An Amazon Top Ten bestselling historical romance author, Tracey sold her first book on 9/9/99! Tracey’s books have been translated into several languages. She has appeared on the award winning Cox Cable Television show, Page One and at the famous Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC. She holds membership in Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers and Novelists Inc. Tracey writes small town, sweet and inspirational historical romances. 

My Review

Elise Mitchell is heading home to her small hometown in the Adirondack Mountains, and she is about to board a train out of Albany, and of course it is pouring rain, and then her trunk falls and opens up. What next you ask, well a gentleman comes to her aid and starts handing her panties and stockings, and other unmentionables, embarrassed, yup she couldn’t wait to get on the train and head home.
Once on the train she notices the distress this gentleman, William Benton, is having dealing with two six-year olds, and she does come to his aid, or rather the children.
Once they arrive at their destination, Elise life is about to change forever, she is about to become a mother figure, housekeeper, and chief cook and bottle washer to William and these orphan children. She is also the town schoolteacher, how she accomplishes all she does is amazing, but then??
She does not know what William does for a living, and thus a bone of contention, leaving children waiting on the sidewalk in front of a saloon, no not right. Poor William is trying to do what is right, and in an element and surely was not prepared for. He is excellent at what he does, a Pinkerton Detective, but not use to being bullied by a woman, who wants him home at a certain time an to attend church on Sunday.
This is a sweet quick read, story goes really fast, I had just finished a mind numbing mystery and this was a nice change of pace.
I received this book through Net Galley and Waterfall Press, and was not required to give a positive review.  

A Beau for Katie by Emma Miller

The Housekeeper's Surprise Match 

Agreeing to work for two weeks as a housekeeper to help a family in need seems like a good idea to Katie Byler. But when Katie sees the handsome, young—and single—Freeman Kemp for the first time, she wonders what she's gotten herself into. Freeman may be considered a catch, but the stubborn young man is driving strong-willed Katie to distraction. When the two of them decide to play matchmaker for Freeman's elderly uncle, though, their feud takes a different turn. The spark between them is strong, but can Katie and Freeman reach common ground to find their happily-ever-after?


About The Author

Emma Miller is a wife, mother and a grandmother who lives a quiet life in Delaware. She's the author of the Hannah's Daughter's series and is at work on her next Amish romance novel.

My Review

As the book opens Katie Byler is heading to Freeman Kemp’s home, actually Sara the Matchmaker is taking her. Now Katie lives with Sara and certainly is not interested in a match with bossy Freeman, and I chuckled as they arrive with Freeman inside as an invalid, with a broken leg, and having the same opinion of Katie, anyone but her!
Oil and vinegar, but maybe not, and Katie goes about her job, and what a job of cleaning up a two bachelor home, but she tackles it and she gets stubborn Freeman cleaned up too.
As her time there seems to go fast and about to end, the two may have made more than a not liking one another connection. I loved reading this and could just picture the happenings, both young and older relationships, yes more than one love connection!
I received this book through Net Galley and Love Inspired Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.


Monday, July 18, 2016

The Cantaloupe Thief by Deb Richardson-Moore

Too many people are staying silent about a ten--year--old murder case--it's time for reporter Branigan Powers to investigate Branigan Powers knows a good story when she sees one--and the ten--year--old cold case of wealthy Alberta Grambling Resnick's murder definitely makes the cut. Resnick was stabbed in her home after she let it slip that she was planning to change her will. There are plenty of suspects in the death of the matriarch of the town's founding family, but the killer has never been caught.

Now Branigan must do some serious digging to get her story. She knows the town's homeless community might have seen something; she also knows that the local cops wouldn't have thought of questioning these often--invisible people. There's a big problem, though; as Branigan starts digging, the homeless start dying. When her twin brother, a long--time addict, gets involved, the consequences of her investigation may hit a little too close to home.

Set in the fictional small town of Grambling, Georgia, The Cantaloupe Thief is the first in a new mystery series by Deb Richardson--Moore. The author is herself a former journalist and works extensively with the homeless, lending weight to the portrayal of a believable and engaging whodunit.

About The Author

For 27 years, Deb Richardson-Moore was a reporter for "The Greenville (SC) News," winning three national writing awards and routine recognition from the South Carolina Press Association. She was a wife, mother of three, and that suburban cliche, a minivan-driving soccer mom.

She then took over the religion beat at "The News" and enrolled in a nearby seminary to learn more about it. Her life was never the same. She left the newspaper and earned a master of divinity degree. Because jobs for clergywomen were scarce in her own Baptist denomination, she accepted a job as pastor of the non-denominational Triune Mercy Center, a crumbling, inner-city mission church to the homeless.

"The Weight of Mercy" chronicles her first three turbulent years among her homeless congregants. Here's what novelist Davis Bunn, writer-in-residence at Oxford University, has to say about it:

"This is an amazingly well written work, a genuine testimony of hope in the dark recesses of our times. The words are laid out with an artist's precision, and their smoothness makes this not just a powerful read, but a genuine entry into a world we all need to know better. Perhaps the most important thing I can say about this is, I found Jesus in these pages. Highly recommended."

Deb is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Erskine Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Vince, have three grown children.

My Review

  This story takes place in Grambling Georgia and a hometown reporter is given an assignment of investigating a ten-year-old unsolved murder. Once you turn that first page you are off on a page tuning adventure, that won’t let up until the last page is turned and you know the answers, who did it!
This town has a rather large population of homeless, the unseen, and that I can understand, you do see them, but try not to look, they are there but not really. A lot of them have drug, alcohol, and mental problems, and we see the churches trying to help with meals and some beds, a problem, but are there answers, and does one of these lost souls know the answer to who committed the horrendous crime?
The story focuses on Branigan’s mission to find answers, and she turns to her friend Liam a Pastor and a man with a big heart to help the homeless population. He wants her to help him find justice to one of the mission’s known, who were recently killed; no one is looking into his death. As we journey deeper into these mysteries, my mind kept switching as to who was the culprit in these murders, and kept changing my mind as to who was the suspect.
You are going to be surprised as to who it is, but I never saw it coming, and the ones I chose, were not the suspect, or were they. The author has done a wonder job of bringing us to the end of the book, and I couldn’t wait to get there, but then I didn’t want the story to end.
I received this book through Kregel Publishing Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Loyal Heart (Lone Star Hero #1) by Shelley Shepard Gray

Robert came to Galveston to fulfill his promise to a dying man and look after his widow. He didn’t expect to find love in the unlikeliest of places.

Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade Phillip Markham. If anything happened to Phillip, Robert would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. She was his life, his world, his everything.

After the war, Robert is left to pick up the pieces and fulfill his pact. When he arrives at Miranda's home in Galveston, Texas, things are worse than he imagined. Phillip's name has been dragged through the mud, everyone in town believes him to be a traitor, and his widow is treated as an outcast. Even more disturbing is her emotional well-being. Miranda seems hopeless, lost, and so very alone.

Robert had thought his duty would be simple. He would help Miranda as quickly as possible in order to honor a promise. But the moment Robert laid eyes on her, his plans changed. He's mesmerized by her beauty and yearns to help her in any way he can.

He makes it his duty to protect Miranda, turn her reputation around, and to find some way to help her smile again. But it doesn't prove to be an easy task—Robert knows something about Phillip that could shake Miranda to the core and alter her view of the man she thought she knew so well.


 About The Author

shelleyshepardgray2013I grew up in Houston, Texas, went to Colorado for college, and after living in Arizona, Dallas, and Denver, we moved to southern Ohio about ten years ago.
I’ve always thought of myself as a very hard worker, but not ‘great’ at anything. I’ve obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree…but I never was a gifted student. I took years of ballet and dance, but I never was anywhere near the star of any recital. I love to cook, but I’m certainly not close to being gourmet…and finally I love to write books, but I’ve certainly read far better authors.
Maybe you are a little bit like me. I’ve been married for almost twenty years and have raised two kids. I try to exercise but really should put on my tennis shoes a whole lot more. I’m not a great housekeeper, I hate to drive in the snow, and I don’t think I’ve ever won a Monopoly game. However, I am the best wife and mother I know how to be.
Isn’t it wonderful to know that in God’s eyes that is okay? That from His point of view, we are all exceptional? I treasure that knowledge and am always so thankful for my faith. His faith in me makes me stand a little straighter, smile a little bit more, and be so very grateful for every gift He’s given me.
I started writing about the Amish because their way of life appealed to me. I wanted to write stories about regular. likeable people in extraordinary situations-and who just happened to be Amish.
Getting the opportunity to write Inspirational novels is truly gratifying. With every book, I feel my faith grows stronger. And that makes me feel very special indeed.  

My Review

Miranda Markham is having a rough time, and has seriously considered taking her life, she can’t take it any more, but who is sending the letters that are pulling her down. She also has to deal with her late husbands, Lieutenant Phillip Markham a Confederate Officer in the Civil War, Mother and Sister. They are angry and nasty women, but do they have a right, the house they want back was built by Phillips father, and has always been their home.
There is some help on the horizon for Miranda when Robert Truax, a Second Lieutenant, and friend of Phillips. Unknown to Miranda the men Phillip served with made a pack to help each other families if the unimaginable happened. So when word reaches the men Robert is sent to look into the situation, and you will not believe how a southern city of Galveston, Texas is treating a war hero’s widow!
Will help come in time to save Miranda and her beloved help that run her boarding house with her? Who is so evil to want to take her home, when she has actually made the ultimate sacrifice? Answers are here and you are going to be surprised why this is happening, or maybe not, but once that first page is turned you will not want to put it down.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Beauty Refined (Sapphire Brides, #2) by Tracie Peterson

Phoebe Von Bergen is excited to accompany her father when he travels from Germany to purchase sapphires in Montana. Little does she know that her father's plans--for the gemstones and his daughter--are not what they seem.
Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the 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. Phoebe is determined to stay in America, regardless of her father's plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger as the deception begins to unravel. 


About The Author

Tracie Peterson is an award-winning, best-selling author of over 100 books. Having given her heart to Jesus at the young age of six, Tracie has always felt called to some form of ministry, and writing fulfills that mission field.
Tracie received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings’ Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership’s vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.
In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers. She has co-written with a variety of authors including Judith Pella, Judith Miller, James Scott Bell, Kimberley Woodhouse and her daughter Jennifer.
Throughout her writing career Tracie has found time to speak at writer’s conferences where she has a special heart for new authors. She is often joined by her husband Jim, whose background in history offers new authors insight into research. Besides teaching at conferences, Tracie also at one time managed Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents book line – overseeing the production of 52 books a year. Tracie teaches at women’s conferences around the country and shares her testimony and insight for Christian living through the eyes of an author passionately in love with her Heavenly Father.
Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers. Her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests, including USA “Best Books 2011” Awards, best Religious Fiction for Embers of Love!
Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family–especially her three grandchildren–Rainy, Fox and Max..
For information on having Tracie speak at your event – contact Noelle Buss at Bethany Publishers/Baker Books.

My Review

Phoebe Von Bergen, is following her father, the German Count, on a world tour looking for sapphires. They are now in Helena, Montana, and while her father is on a buying trip, she stays at the hotel and while on a walk literally runs into her dead mother.
Obviously all that she knew was a lie perpetrated by her father, and what she learns will change the course of her life. She has always done everything her father asked and he has spoiled her, but she is compliant for him, until…well you need to read this book.
I had the feeling that the Frederick was the personification of pure Evil, and everyone around him had better take care. He really doesn’t have a conscience and only loves one person, himself.
Don’t let this story get away, it reads like your in the room with them, and you want to do something about what is happening, even to unlocking the door.
I received this book through Bethany House Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

I Am A Reader, Not A Writer Presents: A Sunrise in Rio by Rachel Matthews For Hire: Fiancee Book Blast Giveaway

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A Sunrise in Rio by Rachel Matthews For Hire: Fiancee
Eric Jansen was aware of the reputation he gained as a cold-hearted playboy. As a widower with a mysterious past marriage, work is his only solace...that is until the company investors threaten to pull out of the deal. With a new luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro and a housing development for underprivileged families on the line, he needs a way to prove to the investors he is serious. The beautiful new photographer, Jayla Mitchelson, is perfectly outside of the media's eye. Not only will she help the deal, he just may find himself asking her to stay after the job is done.


Excerpt: Jayla couldn't believe what she was hearing. Instead of her photography skills, she was being hired as a glorified fake girlfriend. Rage sluiced through her and she started pacing to help calm her down. “I don't believe this.” “It would help me greatly.” “Oh, it will? Tell me, Eric is that why you hired me? To just be some arm candy for you and for your boss?” “Jayla, that isn't it.” “Then why bring me down here? Why go through this phony interview process, checking out my site and bringing me– ” Her mouth fell open as she stopped to face him. “Is that why you took me out for breakfast and sightseeing? To butter me up?” “Jayla – ” She looked over her shoulder. “If I say no, are you going to, what, chop me up and hide me in the building?” Her hand disappeared into the camera case at her side. “Look, buddy. I got Mace and I will not hesitate to use it. I don't care how many yachts you own.” Eric started toward her and stopped, laughing. His body convulsed as the laughter grew stronger, causing him to bend over. Jayla stared him down, trying to keep her expression straight, but there was something infectious about his laugh. Something she hadn't realized before. He let himself go in it. He wasn't the guarded businessman trying to make an impression or be someone he wasn't. He was just Eric. A man who appeared to have found amusement in her words.

Rachel Matthews

Author Rachel Matthews
Rachel Matthews is a wife, daughter, crocheter, artist & dreamer all rolled into one. She's dreamed of writing ever since she was little and now enjoys penning them for readers all around the world. Part mermaid and part stuffed animal wrangler, she currently lives in San Diego where she is fighting an addiction to the beach and enjoying spending time with her loving romantic hero husband.


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