Wonderful! I did not want to put this book down. I loved the comedy and the romance in this historical fiction. It would be hard to go from working in a prestigious Boston auction house to an auction barn. Miranda had to do this to help her family find a painting that they sold inadvertently by her grandfather. This book had many happy points and some sad points. Miranda and Wyatt were great characters that belong together. I received this book from the author and bookfun.org for a fair and honest opinion. Regina Jennings Is a Rising Voice in Humorous Historical Romance After helping her grandfather at their Boston auction house, Miranda Wimplegate discovers she’s accidentally sold a powerful family’s prized portrait to an anonymous bidder. Desperate to appease the furious family, her grandfather tracks it to the Missouri Ozarks and makes an outlandish offer to buy the local auction house if they promise not to sell anything until he arrives. Upon their arrival, however, they discover their new business doesn’t deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its manager, ruggedly handsome Wyatt Ballentine, is frustrated to discover his fussy new bosses don’t know a thing about the business he’s single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more cattle than they can count–but no mysterious painting–Miranda and Wyatt form an unlikely but charged partnership to try and salvage a bad situation getting worse.
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Fur Elise by Peggy Sue Wells
I loved this novel about Elise and Michael. They end up being wonderful together. Michael leaves a stressful job and moves to St.Croix to have a less stressful life. Elise lives here where she learned to be musical from her parents and she wants to keep their legacy alive. She and Michael have many adventures on and off the island and have great romance. This is a romantic thriller. I received a copy of this ebook for a fair and honest opinion from bookfun.org.Popular Fiction
“I quit.” Michael Northington tossed his PJ insignia, a metal angel enfolding the world in its wings, across his boss’ desk. At the end of the tumultuous 1980’s, Michael’s idealism snapped when he discovered his assignment had not been to protect a patient but to prevent a friend from receiving life-giving care. He left behind the world that had dealt him one too many betrayals and sought solace on St. Croix. Life settled into a rhythm of working out his anger in long runs along the beach, teaching scuba to tourists, and acquiring a taste for classical music until his battle buddies showed up on his island paradise. Born late in life to doting, upper-class parents, Elise Eisler’s life feels like a song out of tune after her parents die. Prodded by muse, the artist moved her work home from the studio she shared with her father and listed the cottage for rent. Busy keeping her father’s musical legacy alive, the historic atmospheric concert theater in repair, and exploring a natural romance with her childhood sweetheart; Elise has little interest in the mysterious stranger who has taken over the cottage. Coaxed back into the field, Michael travels overseas to rescue the liberal daughter of an even more liberal senator eyebrow deep in an international organ harvesting industry. As Michael follows a barely discernable connection, he discovers the political forces behind his friend’s death. When the deadly players who market human organs blow into St Croix at the same time Hurricane Hugo unleashes its fury on the island, Michael must employ all his skills to protect Elise and those important to her. Settling his painful past, and learning to forgive, provides Michael the freedom to embrace a new chapter in life. And at the center of his promising future is the beautiful and distant Elise.
Just Kin by Caryl Mcadoo with a giveaway
This was an ok story. I enjoyed the other books in this series a lot more. I had a hard time liking Lacey Rose or Charlie Nightingale. Neither one seemed to really want to grow up and face the bad choices that they were making. The story seemed ok but sometimes was a little choppy. I like Caryl Mcadoos writing but this story wasn’t my favorite. I do hope to read the next installment of this series to see if they grow up any. I received this from Celebratlit for a fair and honest opinion. I gave this a four out of five stars.
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Love covers a multitude of sin.
A stolen kiss ignites a fire that burns all the way from Texas to New York City. Torn apart by war, rejection, and a letter with news she never wanted, Lacey Rose takes her shredded heart and runs. Charley figures out something isn’t right, but is duty-bound to the Confederacy until a deathbed order sets in motion a series of events that tests his love, honor, and commitment to the breaking point.
Can the two lifelong friends see past the pain to finally realize God’s plan for them to be more than just kin?
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Caryl, praying her story gives God glory, loves writing for Christian genres–historical and contemporary romance, Biblical fiction, and mid-grade especially. In 2014, Simon and Schuster debuted VOW UNBROKEN, a historical Christian romance set in 1832 Texas, and Caryl followed with three additional novels. In April, LADY LUCK’S A LOSER (contemporary, mature, inspirational romance); September’s debut, HEARTS STOLEN (set in 1839-1844), book two of her historical Christian Texas Romances–a #1 Amazon Best-seller; and in November, A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, volume one of her new Biblical fiction series, The Generations–also an Amazon #1 Best-seller.
In 2008, her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved her to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes each one ministers His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. She and Ron live in Clarksville, Texas with two grandsons, Christian and Benjamen.
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Amish Promises by Leslie Gould
This is a good mix of Amish and Englishers. Joel has returned from Iraq injured. Shani wants a fresh start and moves to her grandparents old home in Lancaster county. Their friend Charlie comes to help Shani and Joel get settled and he meets Eve Lehman, an Amish woman. Can they all be friends or can Amish and Englishers not stay friends. There are a lot of twists and turns in this story. I really loved all the characters and how they are woven together. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion.
Journey Down a Quiet Lane in Lancaster County Where Love and Heartache and Friendship and Healing Meet When Joel and Shani Beck arrive at their new home, they’re looking for peace. Shani is thrilled to have Joel back from Iraq, but he needs time to heal, and the quiet of Lancaster seems just the place. They can’t imagine any trouble with their Amish neighbors, the Lehmans, but things get off to a rocky start when their son is involved in an accident that injures one of the Lehman boys. Eve Lehman has run her brother’s household ever since the death of his wife, but Tim’s a stern patriarch. Despite his protests, she’s drawn to the new neighbor, Shani, and the two begin to form a strong friendship forged on faith and family. Things seem like they’ve quieted down until Joel’s single and handsome army friend Charlie catches Eve’s attention–a man unlike any Eve has ever met. Suddenly life for both families becomes more complicated than any of them could have ever imagined.
After the Rain by Rita Gerlach with a giveaway
This book kept me interested from start to finish. I loved all the characters in the story. There were a lot of twists and turns throughout. Louisa Borden meets her fate after being thrown from a horse. Jackson O’Neil helps her and she is a snob to him. Many adventures later and some tragedies help to bring them together again. This is a long book but it never seemed that way to me. I had to know how all the characters would fair in the end. I look forward to reading more of Rita Gerlachs books. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion.
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He becomes the love of her life. She becomes his biggest challenge.
It’s 1908, a year in the Edwardian Age, the year J.M. Barrie’s play What Every Woman Knows, premiered in Atlantic City and the first Model T rolled off the assembly line in Detroit. It is a year when the world faced one of its worst disasters in history, when the New Year would heal the wounds of loss. Louisa Borden lives a privileged life in Chevy Chase, Maryland, a new and thriving community on the outskirts of Washington, DC for the well-to-do. Against the wishes of her domineering grandmother, she retreats from the prospects of a loveless marriage and instead searches for what she hopes is her calling in life.
When her horse is spooked along Rock Creek, she is thrown from the saddle—an embarrassing situation for any affluent young lady. Soaking wet, bruised and humiliated, she is carried up the muddy bank to safety by Jackson O’Neil, a stranger to the city, who changes the course of everything, including the lives of all those around her.
Rita Gerlach is a best-selling author of inspirational fiction with a romantic bent, including The Rebel’s Pledge, Thorns in Eden and The Everlasting Mountains, Surrender the Wind, and The Daughters of the Potomac Series. She lives in Maryland near the Catoctin Mountains with her husband Paul.
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Amish Christmas at North Star by Katie Ganshert, Amanda Flower, Cindy Woodsmall and Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark
This is a book of 4 wonderful Christmas novellas. These are all Amish stories that are connected by a single night in December. The main characters of each story were born on December 1 in an Amush birthing clinic in the town of North Star.I loved every story and they were all wonderful. The four stories are Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert, Mourning Star by Amanda Flower, In the Stars by Cindy Woodsmall and Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark.
I did not want to put any of the stories down. This is such an uplifting set of Christmas novellas.
I received this book from Bloggingforbooks for a fair and honest opinion.
One night four lives entered the world by the hands of an Amish midwife, just outside North Star, Pennsylvania. Rebekah s Babies, as they are called, are now grown adults and in four heartwarming novellas each young person experiences a journey of discovery, a possibility of love, and the wonder of Christmas. “Guiding Star” by Katie Ganshert Curiosity gets the best of Englischer Chase Wellington when he investigates the twenty-five-year-old disappearance of an Amish baby. When he finds adventurous Elle McAllister in Iowa will his discoveries upend her world? “Mourning Star” by Amanda Flower Eden Hochstetler slips from her parents fudge shop to investigate the death of her friend Isaac. Who is guilty? Isaac s handsome great nephew Jesse, an angry Englischer, or someone else? “In the Stars” by Cindy WoodsmallHeartbroken Kore Detweiler avoids North Star after Savilla Beiler rejects his love. But when he is unexpectedly called to return home, he and Savilla must join forces to keep a family together. “Star of Grace” by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark Andy Danner left North Star to join a new Amish settlement in Mississippi. His little brother devises a scheme to bring Andy home for Christmas and unwittingly unleashes the power of forgiveness in a reclusive widower s life.”CINDY WOODSMALL is a best-selling author of several works of Amish fiction and a non-fiction book. MINDY STARNS CLARK is a bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction, coauthoring the Christy Award-winning The Amish Midwife. Her daughter EMILY CLARK is an MFA student. AMANDA FLOWER authored the Amish Quilt Shop mysteries as Isabella Alan and received an Agatha Award nomination for Maid of Murder. Christy Award winner KATIE GANSHERT is the author of A Broken Kind of Beautiful, three other novels and two novellas.
You’re the One That I Want by Susan May Warren
This was my favorite book in the Christiansen series. It really rolls all the books together. I will miss this family. Sometimes it is not good to get to the last brother or sister. This book was about Owen, Scotty, and Casper and Raina. Casper goes out to find Owen to tell him he has a daughter by Raina. Owen is near Alaska working on a crab boat but goes overboard to try and save Scotty. They all end up back home to keep Casper out of jail for killing a man. This had a great amount of romance and some suspense. I loved it. I received this book from Tyndale for a fair and honest opinion. Owen Christiansen has been in a downward spiral since an injury ended his NHL career. But a job on an Alaskan crabbing boat offers a fresh start . . . maybe even a shot at romance with Elise “Scotty” McFlynn, the captain’s daughter.
Used to being one of the guys, to never relying on anyone, Scotty doesn’t believe in happily ever after—especially with someone like Owen. Her instinct is confirmed when Casper Christiansen arrives to drag his prodigal brother home, bringing with him a truckload of family drama—and even worse, the news that Casper is wanted for questioning in connection to a crime back in Minnesota.
But Owen is more than the sum of his mistakes, a truth both he and Scotty discover when she escorts both brothers to Deep Haven as part of her new job on the Anchorage police force. Thrust into an unfamiliar world of family, faith, and fresh starts, Scotty begins to see potential for a happy ending . . . if she’s brave enough to embrace it. Tyndale House Publishers
Critically acclaimed novelist Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA, and Carol Award-winning author of over forty-five books, including the Deep Haven series and the Daughters of Fortune series. Susan is also an award-winning writing coach who teaches at conferences throughout the country. Visit her at susanmaywarren
Exiles: Realm of the Infinite
I don’t usually read too much fantasy anymore but I received an ebook copy of this story from book fun.org for a fair and honest opinion. I am glad that I asked to read it. I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading the next book in this Realms of the Infinite series. It started a little confusing for me and then I got into the flow of the book and had a hard time putting it down.
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From the acclaimed author of Prophet, Judge, and King… Return to the realms of the Infinite! “Larson makes the fantasy genre thrilling even for readers who wouldn’t normally venture into mystical realms.” -Booklist For daring to trust their Creator, Araine and Nikaros are swept from their homes into a foreign land…slaves to their enemies Araine Khalome of ToronSea follows the goddess Atea. But Araine secretly questions Atea’s power as a goddess. Wrestling with her spiritual doubts, Araine finds old scrolls containing verses that come alive, beckoning her soul. Within those words, Araine senses the presence of the Infinite, the despised Most Ancient God, enemy to all Ateans, and she’s captivated-secretly risking her life to read the Books of the Infinite. You are forever in My sight… Betrayed and condemned, Araine is swept away to the kingdom of Belaal, where she is swiftly apprehended and marked as a slave. Caught up in the lethal political and religious struggles within Balaal, Araine joins forces with another slave, Nikaros, a hostage and exiled son of an Eosyth Lord. As they fight to survive the antagonistic royal court, Nik and Araine soon realize that they must also protect the despotic god-king who has enslaved them. But the god-king, Bel-Tygeon, has plans of his own. Child of Dust, are you My servant?
The Doll’s House by M.J. Arlidge
This was my favorite Detective Helen Grace novel yet. This flowed the best of all the books in this series. I could not put this one down. I give it a five out of five stars. I wanted everyone to find happiness in this book. Each character was so good. Even the bad guy was a great evil. I received this book from Firsttoread for a fair and honest opinion. Overview
Detective Helen Grace is on the trail of a twisted serial killer in this riveting thriller in the “gripping”* international bestselling series.
Ruby wakes up in a strange room. Her captor calmly explains that no one is looking for her. No one wants her. Except him.
When the body of a woman is found buried on a secluded beach, Detective Helen Grace is called to the scene. She knows right away that the killer is no amateur. The woman has been dead for years, and no one has even reported her missing. But why would they? She’s still sending text messages to her family.
Helen is convinced that a criminal mastermind is at work: someone very smart, very careful, and worst of all, very patient. But as she struggles to piece together the killer’s motive, time is running out for a victim who is still alive…
Paralyzed by Alana Terry
I really enjoyed this Christian suspense fiction novel. I loved the characters. Sometimes I wasn’t sure if this was a second book in a series because of the mentions of the first abduction but even if it is you can read it easily without reading anything else. It really kept my interest for the whole story. I received an ebook copy from the author for a fair and honest opinion. Paralyzed Blogger Info
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Summary: Kennedy Stern has returned to campus after surviving an abduction, but old scars cut deep. Vivid flashbacks and terrifying dreams paralyze her, threatening to ruin her academic career and any chance she has at peace or happiness. This mental anguish, however, constitutes only a small fraction of her post-traumatic nightmare.
A partner in Kennedy’s kidnapping remains at large and will not stop until he has silenced her witness permanently. His violent resolve risks not only her life, but the safety of anyone who tries to help.
Kennedy must engage in a deadly battle of the mind as she struggles to stay alive. While fighting on two fronts — one psychological and one physical — the question isn’t whether she’ll come out of the war stronger in the end.
The question is whether she’ll come out of it at all.
The newest release from inspirational suspense author, Alana Terry, who Christian Fiction has won awards from Women of Faith, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and several others.