On Love’s Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson

This is the third book in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series and I have loved them all. This is a wonderful romance. Natalie and Justin are great characters. Planning weddings is very stressful. Will Natalie be able to stay on an island that she hated when she was growing up. Can Justin handle being around Natalie who he loved when they were young. I love how this book ends. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

Natalie O’Ryan had an abusive childhood due to her alcoholic father. She left the Canadian Province of Prince Edward Island and her childhood best friend Justin behind to start a new life in Nashville. Justin feels rejected. She falls in love with record producer Russell Jacobs and they get engaged. Thinking he is doing a good thing, Russel books their wedding in her home town. While working on the wedding plans, he must leave town due to a problem at work, then the reception venue falls through. If they can find a way to forgive each other, Justin just might let her use the barn on his property.

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Out of the Ashes by A.M. Heath spotlight

This will be available on 8/1/2017.  I will be reviewing on 8/15/2017.


Out of the Ashes Blurb: Sometimes peace is won through battle. 
Haunted by the memories he can’t escape, Ralph Williams wants to be left alone to lick his wounds. He doesn’t understand why he’s forced into the company of the one woman he least desires. Can God bring him healing through such uncomfortable circumstances?
Frank Harper thought he had left the war and its turmoil behind, but the home to which he has returned is anything but peaceful. When racial tensions arise in Maple Grove, Frank finds himself on a battlefield once more. He’s desperate for peace, but at what cost?
When George Chandler heads off to wed his beloved bride, things don’t go as expected. Just as George starts to get comfortable with what he believes is God’s new plan for his life, history threatens to repeat itself. Will he fight for the woman he’s come to love, or will he let her go?
The War Between the States has destroyed more than just a nation. In four years, it has damaged bodies and wounded souls until the people think that nothing is left. Will they find the healing they so desperately need from the God that loves them?

Author bio:
My Bio: Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, children’s Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.

English River by Thomas Nye

This is the third book in the Amish Horses series and I love it. You will definitely want to read the first two books in the series before reading this one because this ties up everything you learn in the first two books. You get to learn whether Lenny decides to become Amish or not. He learns many lessons throughout each of these books. I did not want to stop reading this book. I love the characters throughout. I received a copy of this book from bookcrash.com for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.


Lenny is now a young man in his twenties, who grew up in a modern world with new technologies. When he was a young teen, his Amish grandfather had insisted he spend a summer living on the family farm in the Amish community. He taught him to farm with draft horses. Today Lenny is at a crossroads and must decide if he wants to remain in the modern world or continue farming with the Amish and his beloved Leah.

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

This was a fun romance with a twist of suspense. I have not read the first two books in this series but it was not a problem to understand what was going on in this book. Gage and Ella are very personable people and I liked the rwst of the characters in the book. I like the Peak rescue team and look forward to learning more about the ongoing mystery within this series. I received this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

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?

Triple Crown by Felix Francis

I loved this read. Felix Francis has done his father well when he took over writing for his father. I love this series of books with Jeff Hinkley. This story was fun to read. It was fun to see The American Triple Crown through someone from England. There were a few twists and turns throughout the book. I look forward to many more.  

Jefferson Hinkley is back in the newest thriller in the Dick Francis tradition, this time on a special mission to the United States to investigate a conspiracy involving the biggest horse races in the country.

 

Jeff Hinkley, investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, has been seconded to the US Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA) where he has been asked to find a mole in their organization—an informant who is passing on confidential information to those under suspicion in American racing. At the Kentucky Derby, Jeff joins the FACSA team in a raid on a horse trainer’s barn at Churchill Downs, but the bust is a disaster, and someone ends up dead. Then, on the morning of the Derby itself, three of the most favored horses in the field fall sick.   

 

These suspicious events can be no coincidence. In search of answers, Jeff goes undercover as a groom on the backstretch at Belmont Park racetrack in New York. But he discovers far more than he was bargaining for: corrupt individuals who will stop at nothing—including murder—to capture the most elusive prize in world sport, the Triple Crown.

His Steadfast Love by Julie Lessman

This was an enjoyable Christian romance. Cat and Chase both learn some lessons about God’s love. I enjoyed reading this story and learned a few things myself. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.


Cat O’Bryen is the prodigal daughter unhappy with God. First, the father with whom she reconciled dies of cancer and now her twin sister and best friend marries, leaving Cat at home with a newlywed mother, her new husband, and a little brother. But when Cat moves in with a roommate of questionable morals, her family is worried, certain she’s on a path that could damage her faith forever.

Reluctant to get involved with a woman like the one who destroyed his life, ex-Navy SEAL Pastor Chase Griffin steers clear of the attraction he feels for Cat O’Bryen. Until her family begs him to take her under his wing, hoping he can draw her back into the fold. But when the draw she has on him proves too strong to resist, he must rely on the strength of God to offer a friendship as steady and strong as the God whose love is wooing her home.

Other books by Julie Lessman

“Passion with a Purpose”

Daughters of Boston Series

A Passion Most Pure–ACFW Debut Book of the Year, Holt Medallion Merit  

A Passion Redeemed–Inspirational Reader’s Choice Finalist

A Passion Denied–Borders Best: Your Favorite Fiction

Winds of Change Series

A Hope Undaunted–Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction 2010  

Family Fiction magazine 2011 and 2012 Readers Choice Awards

#1 Romance Author of the Year

Heart of San Francisco Series

Surprised by Love–Family Fiction magazine Top Ten Novels of 2014

A Light in the Window

2013 International Digital Award

2013 Readers’ Crown Award

2013 Book Buyers Best Award

Isle of Hope Series

Isle of Hope: Unfailing Love–Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015

Manuscript For Murder by Chautona Havig with a giveaway

This is a wonderful start to a new mystery series. I love Alexa. I love her different choices in dress and her great attitude. This is a fun murder mystery with a bit of romance. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series. I really enjoy that she is a writer and from a small town. I received an ebook copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

Manuscript for Murder

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About the Book
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Book title: Manuscript for Murder
Author: Chautona Havig
Release date: October 13, 2012
Genre: Mystery
Alexa Hartfield. Author, local celebrity, fashion connoisseur. She chose Fairbury for its close proximity to Rockland, its small town atmosphere, and its low crime rate.
Then someone made her life a literary cliché. A mysterious accident with a light bulb sparked an interesting idea for her latest novel—and for Fairbury’s new serial killer. The first replication infuriated her. The second left an even worse taste in her mouth. The third blasted more than her self-confidence, and the fourth beat her down so far she’s considering giving up writing completely.
Who is killing Fairbury’s citizens, and furthermore, why and how are they using her novels to do it?
 
About the Author
media-headshotChautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert with her husbnd and five of her nine children. Through her novels, she hopes to encourage Christians in their walk with Jesus.
 
Guest Post from Chautona Havig
How Arrows & My Obsession with Vintage Clothes Inspired Murder
 
A swath of fabric cut across my bedroom at an odd angle but that angle ensured that I could stretch it all out. With painstaking precision, I pinned every last piece to the fabric, disgusted at the enormous waste stretching out before me.
The pattern called for three and a half yards. I’d crammed it into two at most.
Just as I picked up the scissors for the first cut, Mom popped her head in the door to see how I was doing. I pointed out the waste. “Grandma said patterns always told you to buy way too much, but I’ve got enough to make another dress!”
Mom stepped closer. I want to say a cigarette hung from her lips, but let’s face it. No way would Mom ever allow the ashes to drop on the carpet. But it felt like one was there, nonetheless. Mom pointed. “Chautona, I don’t know anything about sewing, but I think those arrows are there for a reason.”
And with that, she turned away.
I stared down at the pattern. My arrows zig-zagged all over the place. A glance at the directions showed all arrows going exactly the same direction. Straight up and down the fabric.
You know, if I’d been doing this for the first time in 2017, I could have just zipped on over to “the Google,” as Mom calls it, and looked up why. Instead, I grabbed a thick sewing manual I’d bought for a buck at Pick-N-Save and flipped through it until I found a section on laying out patterns.
A couple of minutes later, I flew down the stairs. “The book says that the long, smooth edges are called selvages. The arrows are supposed to run parallel or the dress might hang wonky.”
Here, I can guarantee Mom took a puff of that cigarette. Man, I hated those things. “Well, like I said. I don’t know anything about sewing, but they looked important.” She blew a puff of smoke.
That’s when I suspected that Mom knew more about sewing than she’d let on.
 
What does this little sewing lesson have to do with mysteries and murder?
 
Well, see. This was a test dress. I’d only decided to learn to sew because I’d also decided that I wanted Nancy Drew’s wardrobe. In 1982, you couldn’t buy trim, neat clothing from the 50’s. I had Gunne Sax skirts and preppy tops with ruffles that my parents hated. When they found out I wanted a sewing machine to make clothes like that, they got me one.
Yep. I cut my reading teeth on Nancy Drew and didn’t stop there. I read all the youth mysteries—Bobsey Twins, Trixie Belden, Hardy Boys, Meg Duncan (she was a fave, too), and when I got a little older, Phyllis Whitney.
I loved the challenge of seeing events play out—and figuring out why. Why told me who. You get to where you can figure out things rather easily. But if you make me doubt my ideas, that’s good enough. I love that.
 
Is it any wonder that one of the first books I conceived was a mystery? I’d never put the ideas together until I began working on this post, but really… is it any wonder that I gave that author a love of vintage fashion? Too funny. But those arrows on that pattern? They taught me pretty cool lessons as a kid. Like Mom said:
 
“Those arrows are there for a reason.”
 
Isn’t that what God’s directional arrows in His Word are like? They’re there for a reason. They keep us from getting all wonky. It’s why Alexa writes the kind of books she does. I never could, but as she says when she describes telling someone why she writes horror/suspense,
 
“I tried to describe a world where we never see justice—where sin surrounds us, but the only response we see is a sweet romance or a heartwarming tale of doing good to our neighbors… And God is a God of more than love and mercy. [He’s also a God of] justice.”
 
Alexa writes what she does to help people sort out those crossed arrows and see that there is a point to it all—that eventually justice and mercy converge paths into one rather than criss-crossing all over the place, trampling each other. She doesn’t write Christian fiction, but I don’t know how a Christian can write fiction without some part of faith shining through. In Alexa’s, and I hope in mine as well, there’s an overarching theme that illustrates that the Lord hasn’t forgotten the people He created.
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Giveaway
Mystery-Giveaway
In honor of her Manuscript for Murder Celebration Tour, Chautona is giving away a mystery prize package worth over $100. Enter here: https://promosimple.com/ps/bc16
Would you like to know what’s in it? Find the first clue within the giveaway image below, then hop on over to Chautona’s website to begin the search for more clues and you might find a special giveaway just for clue hunters! Can you find all the clues before Augusta Septemus does?