Friday, May 15, 2015

No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason (Hidden Identity #3)

No Place To Hide has some good suspense! It is one of the reasons I love Eason's books! This series is quickly becoming a favorite of mine among her works. Prepare for some page turning action. 

Ian has been accused of being a terrorists! What?!? How can this be? Jackie went through high-school with him. However, it's been 15 years since then. People can change, but she has to know. Jackie is trying to protect and help Ian, but more issues keep occurring. Ian is working in a lab, and he can't figure out how anyone could think he could or would be involved in terrorism. Soon she finds out the FBI isn't they only group out to get him. Complication, these super bad guys want Ian DEAD. YESTERDAY would have good for them!  

How about a lethal virus! Is it already loose? Can them stop it if not? Is Ian really innocent or has Jackie been totally duped? Who is behind these life altering events anyway? Jackie has to trust Ian, and she has a romantic attachment to him, but it is not the main focus since so much else is going on. What shakes your faith? How much to you rely on God in the good times, and the bad ones? 

I loved Ian's Service Dog. Having trained Service Dogs myself, I have a huge soft spot for them in books. ;) 

My copy of this book came from Revell in exchange for my honest review and nothing more. 

Carol :) 

About

She'll defend her friend until the bitter end--but is she in over her head?
It's not every day you see your childhood friend and onetime crush on national news. Jackie Sellers just wishes it were under different circumstances. She can't believe that Ian Lockwood is wanted in connection with a terrorist plot, and she's determined to find him and help him clear his name. Unfortunately, she's not the only one looking for him. The FBI wants him captured. The bad guys want him dead. Ian just wants to stay alive long enough to prove his innocence and prevent a catastrophe. 

Lynette Eason delivers nonstop action as Jackie and Ian travel a dangerous road--one that may lead straight to destruction.


Praise for the series
"For any reader looking for 'edge-of-your-seat' thrills, this series is the perfect gift."--Suspense Magazine
"Fans of Eason's and readers of Christian suspense will definitely want to check out this new series. I, for one, cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment."--Fiction Addict
"An exciting new series with action and thrilling chase scenes."--RT Book Reviews


Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunions series, as well as No One to Trust and Nowhere to Turn. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College, and she lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.
http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/authors/lynette-eason/1271

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton

Well, our reading schedule was changed, so I have not yet read enough to give you the review I want to. 
I'll be back with that update as soon as I can. 

Carol :) 


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Wood's Edge
WaterBrook Press (April 21, 2015)
by
Lori Benton


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lori Benton spent her late teens and early twenties pursuing a career as a wildlife artist, attending the Maryland College of Art & Design before she began painting professionally. When not writing or researching, Lori can be found exploring the mountains of southern Oregon with her husband, Brian. Lori's first novel, Burning Sky was nominated as an ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award Finalist and also received double nominations for 2014 Christy Awards. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is her second novel.



ABOUT THE BOOK

At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both—Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?

If you would like to read the first chapter of  The Wood's Edge, go HERE.

Lori can be reached through the Contact link on her Blog 

The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1601427328

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander (Belle Meade Plantation #2)


To Win Her Favor is an aptly named amazing read that needs far more than 5 stars can give it. I need a 10 star rating for this book! Appearances or mentions of persons from prior books in this series were skillfully placed and delightful, though this book stands alone exceedingly well. 

Maggie is an strong woman who heart is breaking. She has lost all her family members except her Father. She's even lost the man she might have married. All that's left is their land, some freed servants who are more like family, and Bourbon Belle. Bourbon Belle is an outstanding thoroughbred racing filly. Financial pressures are closing in that could cause Maggie to loose what little she has left, forcing them to have their generational ties that have been poured into Linden Downs,  their land and livestock sold at auction. Their fallen social status lends few options for Maggie Linden and her Father. 

Enter the unexpected. Cullen McGrath, Irish and despised because of his heritage, he is struggling to find land and settle into 1869's Nashville, Tennessee area. He has some past secrets, grief and a broken heart, and he's a bit on the outs with The Almighty. When he meets Mr. Linden all their lives change. Maggie's beloved Dad makes a deal with Cullen, and it involves things no one considered. Maggie needs to wed a man she doesn't know. Now marriage is one thing, but a happy marriage is quite another thing. 

Cullen has secret reasons, big ones, and he wants nothing at all to do with racing horses. He has lost a wife and child and now he faces all this as well. How far must he go and what must he give up in this situation? What will be gained or lost during all this. Lives? Land? Love? Burbon Belle? Maggie and Cullen's relationship sizzles, but it also can be a frozen tundra. Cullen would like to win Maggie's heart, but first he must manage to win her favor. 

I'm ecstatic that this book worked to show a real marriage. Cullen is a husband working to be Christ like, without failing to address parts of married life too often left ignored in Christian books and real life. This book portrays a real, intimate, living, alive marriage relationship that was beautiful to read and made me want to go hug my own sweet husband for all of his similar Christ like ways!  I sure could have used books like this in my teen-aged years as this is an important example of how our lives should be!

In short, this book is a masterpiece among its genera. Although set long ago, it is timeless and current as well. It covers horses (which I love!) and horse racing, being socially outcast, poverty, gambling and other vices, wealth, racism, life, death, love, passion, freedom, loss, judgment, hurt, healing, forgiveness, growth, victory and defeat! The only unanswered questions are just enough for us to be sure to look forward to the next book in this series. 


My copy of this book came through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review, and nothing more. 




An Irish-born son far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He's come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and start a farm, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he'd wagered, especially when Maggie Linden's father makes him an offer he shouldn't accept yet cannot possibly refuse.


Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the annual Drayton Stakes at Nashville's racetrack--the richest race run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance, and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder, Maggie's father--aging, yet wily as ever--makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail--Maggie must marry a man she's never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

Cullen and Maggie need each other in order to achieve their dreams. But their stubborn, wounded hearts--and the escalating violence from a "secret society" responsible for lynchings and midnight raids--may prove too much for even two determined souls.

The Author's Web site is here: http://tameraalexander.com/
I'll leave you to go to her site to read more about her, and her books, but I pray you don't miss out on reading this one! 

Carol :) 

In celebration of the release . . .
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

After a Fashion by Jen Turano

I have yet to not enjoy a book by Jen Turano. This book was not an exception. From an orphaned background comes Harriet. She is in her 20's and all she wants is her own dress shop. All women should look good, not just the rich and wealthy, and thus this is her dream. However, it's complicated and rather out of her reach. 

Oliver Addleshaw is in his 30's and he causes chaos in Harriet's world by having something to do with her loosing her job. Without income she is in a serious mess! Even so, she is smart, and pretty and Oliver is in a jam now. So he gets her to pretend to be his finace to impress the right people so he can and get even more money! After all his goal is more and more money. However, this insane plan would pay her enough to follow her dreams. 

Dinners and parties, and balls and meetings, and Harriet is going to them all. Is she out of her league? Will her dreams die along with this fake relationship, or are the most surprising things going to happen if she can stop what she is doing? 

Carol :) 

My copy of this book came from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review and nothing else. 




Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income. Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiance cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner. Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can't make her fashionable. She'll never truly fit into Oliver's world, but just as she's ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.

Endorsements

I love Jen Turano's books. She has a way of keeping me turning the pages and wishing there were more when the book is done. She's a fantastic storyteller and I look forward to her next book!


Tracie Peterson

Jen Turano

Jen Turano, author of six books, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at www.jenturano.com.
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Reviews

Incorporating a bit of mayhem, a modicum of charm, and a dash of skullduggery into Harriet and Oliver's love story, Turano creates an engaging tale with a delightfully unexpected twist at the end.


Publishers Weekly
Extremely fast-paced and humorous, Turnao's latest will please old fans and should make some new ones. A fun romance and some great twists. . . . What a delightful tale!


RT Book Reviews Top Pick
Witty dialogue, slapstick situations, crazy misunderstandings, and an oddball cast of secondary characters, including a notorious actress and a young woman who is dictionary-challenged, add to the fun of this uproarious story. Turano continues to be one of the funniest voices in the inspirational genre, and her spunky heroines will appeal to readers across the romance spectrum.


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Together With You by Victoria Bylin

I wasn't wild about the cover of this book at all. However, I was a bit curious about the story inside. I'm glad I didn't judge this book by it's cover. Carly has a past issue to deal with, but when a lost child winds up in the store she works in, her world has to change again. Penny isn't just any child, she has a major challenge in her life. An issue that Dr. Ryan blames himself for causing, although it would take more than just once for this issue to occur, he doesn't know God like he should. Meeting Carly is a game-plan-changer. Can these two, separate or together find the forgiveness and relationship with God they need? With three children involved, lives will wind up mended, or shattered depending on each step taken in this story.

This was my first book by this Author and it was very gripping. Penny and her issues are handled so very, very well over all. While some of the over all plot outcome was easy to figure out, the how to get there from here and how how it happened was good enough to keep me reading with out any lulls.

Carol :)
My copy of this book came from Bethany House Bloggers in exchange for my honest review and nothing else.



Sometimes the most unexpected love can be exactly what a heart needs...
When a Lost Child warning blares over the mall's PA system, Carly Mason finds the little girl playing with a stuffed rabbit. Something about Penny Tremaine is different. An ex-social worker, Carly recognizes that the child suffers fetal alcohol effects, and a piece of Carly's past suddenly confronts her. Never again will she become personally involved with a client. The risks are far too great. But something about Penny--and Penny's handsome father--tugs at Carly's heart.

Dr. Ryan Tremaine is trying to put his life back together. With his ex-wife remarried and on a trip far away, his two teenage sons and Penny are living under his roof full time. Ryan has put his faith in his Sink-or-Swim list, a plan to reconnect with his children. The first step: recruit Carly Mason to be Penny's nanny.

Ryan never anticipated being so drawn to Carly, an attraction Carly seems to fight as much as he does. Could Carly be the missing piece that helps his family stay afloat, or will their blossoming romance only complicate things further?

Known for her realistic and engaging characters, Victoria Bylin delivers an emotion-packed story reminiscent of The Sound of Music, one that reminds us all to believe in the power of faith and love.




Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances acclaimed for their true-to-life characters and stories. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the Reviewers' Choice Award. A native of California, she and her...
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Reviews:
Together with You is a gripping story of forgiveness, love, and family relationships that will captivate readers from the opening chapter...This is a fascinating, complex read that will not only entertain but also challenge and inform. Booklist. 
Together With Youstands out with its strong characters and authentic writing from an author whose care for the topic shines within its pages. A contemporary romance that offers much more than a will-they-or-won't-they scenario, this title offers a sweet love story set within the challenges and joys everyday families face.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

From the textured cover to the contents inside, this book was just the right read. A former Navy Seal, Mac McGregor is working on cases when he winds up working with Lisa Grant. Police Chief Lisa Grant. There are bones, a mystery and a murderer has to be found. Romantic suspense is underway! 

Lisa is strong, and yet human and weak. Mac is very strong, and yet gentle and thoughtful. They could become quite the team if things work out! Every great couple starts somewhere, but will their start get stopped if they find who wants to keep their secrets buried? 

I liked this book by Irene Hannon, and I think the next book in the series will be even stronger! I look forward to that! 

Carol :) 

My copy came from Revell in exchange for my honest review and nothing more. 

This cover has TEXTURE! The photos below are ones I took of my copy to show you the cover. 

 Close up of the texture on the book cover! 

They both wanted quieter, safer lives.
But crime never sleeps . . . 
and killers keep killing.

After years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant is ready for the kinder, gentler life of a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes department resources. Enter ex-Navy SEAL Mac McGregor, the detective sent by the county to assist on the case. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn't want this dead person telling any tales--and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.

"The queen of inspirational romantic suspense" (Library Journal) is at the top of her game with this riveting new series.

"An excellent suggestion for inspirational fiction fans as well as readers who enjoy Mary Higgins Clark's subtly chilling brand of suspense."
Booklist on Vanished

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five romantic suspense and contemporary romance/women's fiction novels, including the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have garnered dozens of honors, including two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America. She is also a two-time Christy Award finalist. 

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Every Bride Needs a Groom by Janice Thompson (Brides with Style Series #1)

Janice Thompson writes fun books that make you giggle, and this one is not an exception with the start of this new series. Katie loves working in her Dad's hardware store. She isn't quite your typical gal. However, she won the wedding dress of many girl's dreams and the cover debut of The Texas Bride magazine! That is kind of life changing don't you think? Especially since Katie planned to marry another one of her small town boys grown into a small town man. After all, that is why she entered to win this contest. One not so small issue. She wins, and he breaks up with her. She is literally ready to be all dressed up with no where to go. No isle to walk, no groom to marry. Could Brady, a ball player who is taking a break from it all be the one to make her dream wedding and life come true? 

Funny, cute, sassy and sweet this new series is starting off nicely. 

Carol :)

My copy came from Revell in exchange for my honest review and nothing more. 




Somewhere in a sea of tulle and taffeta, satin and crepe, Katie Fisher needs to find a key ingredient of the perfect wedding--the groom.
Small-town girl Katie Fisher is busy planning her fairy-tale wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn't managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? Anyway, she's sure he'll be getting down on one knee any time now. And a one-of-a-kind designer dress doesn't just fall out of the sky right when you need it.

But when Katie's boyfriend takes a job in another town and breaks up with her--on the very same day she wins her dream dress--her world is turned upside down. Dare she go to Dallas to claim her prize? And will the hunky pro basketball player who runs the beyond-swanky bridal shop--yeah, you read that right--discover her humiliating secret if she does?

"Every Bride Needs a Groom is one to savor over and over. This compelling tale keeps you hooked and ignites your heart. What an intriguing way to visit the culture of a small central Texas town."--Eleanor Clark, award-winning author; motivational speaker; and Fairfield, Texas, resident

"Thompson launches a new bridal series with a contemporary, joyful Cinderella story that is filled with good humor and old-fashioned Southern style. Readers will fall in love with Katie and the rest of the well-drawn Fisher clan. This swoon-worthy tale will appeal to aficionados of humorous romances by Rachel Hauck and Lisa Wingate."--Library Journal


Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series, the Backstage Pass series, and the Weddings by Design series. She lives in Texas. Learn more at www.janiceathompson.com.
"Every Bride Needs a Groom is one to savor over and over. This compelling tale keeps you hooked on the memorable characters, especially Queenie. It ignites your heart while pulling you into the hands of a rarest kind of author. What an intriguing way to visit the culture of a small central Texas town."


Eleanor Clark, award-winning author, motivational speaker, and resident of Fairfield, Texas


Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the...
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