Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Soul's Prisoner by Cara Luecht (Portraits of Grace Book 2)

This book is intriguing! While tying to the first book, you might could read this one alone. However, I would really recommend reading the first book so that you don't lose any of the depth of these books.

Rachel is a prisoner in the "nut hut" if you will, for having seen what she hadn't planned to see. Her torment is on more than one level. Her life is not at all like she ever dreamed it would be. Locked away, what will happen to Rachel? Is she really crazy, or will she go crazy from all this?

Meanwhile, Jenny thought she had it together now. After all she has been through, she thought she almost had her life sorted out. Then things majorly changed. Her world is falling apart, in all sorts of ways.

The threads of this story have to do with love, healing, forgiving, and truth waring with evil and darkness. The gifts in play are growing for Miriam. The characters are growing and it's not hard to get attached to them quickly. This book was a page tuner for me, and the darker or Gothic tones are simply fascinating.

Carol :)

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(WhiteFire Publishing (December 15, 2015))



A Word from the Author: I never planned to be a writer.

In fact, it took me a while to finish college. But I did, and here I am. And I now I can’t imagine not being a writer.

By day, I am an English Instructor for a local college, mother to four amazing children, and wife to an eternally patient and supportive husband.

In the evening, when I can squirrel away some quiet time, I read and write historical fiction.

I have a B.A. in English Lit. from UW Whitewater and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.

If you have a question for me, or if you are local and would like me to stop by your book club or writer’s group, please drop me a line via the “Ask the Author” tab. I always love the opportunity to meet with others who share my love of books.


She'll fight for her future...but can she escape her past?

Chicago, Winter, 1891
Rachel is in danger. She's seen too much.
She creeps along the cement walls through the dank underbelly of the asylum. She'd never planned to leave her quiet farm life, never thought she'd find a place in the city, never imagined she'd be in the kind of danger that would have her cowering in Dunning's cold, labyrinthine basement.

Jenny has finally found her place. After a childhood of abuse, she has friends, a real job, and her only wish is to give her adopted son the kind of life she never had.

A life of stability, without the risk and uncertainty of a father.
But when Jeremy, Rachel's brother, stumbles into their warehouse, asking for help to find his missing sister, Jenny's carefully constructed life begins to crumble.

The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0373442726 

If you would like to read the first chapter of Soul's Prisoner, go HERE.

Virginia can be reached through the Contact link on her Website 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Evil Forebodings by Carol E. Keen

It's announcement time again! My second fiction book is called Evil Forebodings.
Here is my cover:

About the Book:

Tiffany Rodgers is the kind of danger that she never dreamed could happen to her in the quiet little town of Newville. She is being stalked and having strange visions. The animals even seem different of late, somehow affected by the changes in the air. Officer Allen Lawrence is drawn to Tiffany, but he has reservations. Is she losing her mind, playing games, or are the things that she is seeing more than just evil forebodings?

So far I have one five star rating. I hope that you will check it out, because my beta readers have said it is good. That just makes me excited! Here is the book link:

Feel free to ask questions. I love hearing from you! 
Carol :) 
PS - One more news update. Monstrous Beauty, the sequel to Beauty For Ashes is now being edited. It's the second book in The Beauty Series. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Undaunted Hope Jody Hedlund (Beacons of Hope #3)

Tessa left her home to go to the middle of nowhere. She came to be a school teacher, but not everything always goes according to plan. Upon her arrival, they inform her that they don't want a female teacher. This is about to be a huge issue. She can't when suddenly things change and they decide to keep her as a teacher. Alex saved her dignity not too long after her arrival. Tessa might really like him, but as a teacher, she is suppose to be above reproach. 

Tessa soon loves her students, but some major foul issues are occurring in this mining town. Secrets are starting to come to the surface. Dangerous secrets, not just gossipy secrets. To make matters more complicated, this tiny town doesn't have a lot of single women. Now Tessa is going to have to face some of her fears, including her fear of lighthouses and the reason why they scare her. Lots of trust, and broken trust, forgiveness, love and so much more!

This book stands alone, but is part of a wonderful series. I really enjoyed this rapidly moving story. It was finished far faster than I expected. 

My copy came from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review, and nothing more. 

Carol :) 

Eagle Harbor, Michigan

In a Town Mired in Darkness, 
She May Shine the Light They Need

Running from the mistakes of her past, Tessa Taylor heads to the uppermost reaches of Michigan, planning to serve as the new teacher to the children of miners. She quickly learns the town had requested a male teacher, but Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, says she can stay through winter since it's too late to replace her. Tessa can't help but thank him and say she is in his debt. 

Determined to make herself irreplaceable once spring thaw arrives, Tessa throws herself into her work, and soon two students have decided Miss Taylor is the right match for their grieving father. At the same time, charming assistant lightkeeper Alex Bjorklund makes his interest known, surprising Tessa, who has never had men fight for her hand before. But not all is well as she feels that someone is tracking her every move, and she may not be able to escape the trap that has been laid for her.

Jody Hedlund is the author of over a dozen novels, including Love UnexpectedCaptured by LoveUnending DevotionThe Preacher's Bride, and A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for historical romance. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog at www.jodyhedlund.com.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Dr. Who: Royal Blood by Una McCormack

The Doctor and Clara arrive on a plant in need. Once high tech, this place has forgotten their roots! The people of this land think that The Doctor is there to start a war. Suddenly, a new man shows up and muddies things up by claiming he is the ambassador. That means now we have a war brewing for sure. The "Holy Grail" got a bit confused in the mess. It sort of popped up in there, and didn't totally close as well as it could have.

I liked it anyway, but it did come across as weaker. That was sad, because I think it could have been a bit stronger with some help.

My copy came from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review and nothing more.

Carol :)
The book link is here:

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Painter's Daughter By Julie Klassen

Julie Klassen did it again! This is another great read!

Sophie agrees to marry Stephen. He is willing to rescue her, she a woman in terrible distress, for Sophie is with child, and without a husband. Who is her child's father? Well, ready for this? Stephen's brother! Stephen and Sophie get to spend time at Overtree Hall, and then he is called away to war. He is fighting against the French forces, but if she opts for a marriage in name alone, it will give her and the baby some standing. After all, she is in a major mess with out support for herself and her child.

Now another complication arises. The father of her child, Wesley has come back. Things are getting very complex indeed. The girl who just wanted to paint might have painted herself into a major corner. Who does she love, and who should she trust for her live and the sake of her baby?  This was so hard for everyone! I really felt so much for Sophie and how her life just keeps changing so dramatically. The little twists and turns work to create another wonderful story that I am so happy to get to read!

My copy came from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review and nothing more.
Carol :)


Sophie Dupont assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. In private, she paints the picturesque north Devon coast, popular with artists--including handsome Wesley Overtree, who seems more interested in Sophie than the landscape.

Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother Wesley's responsibilities. Near the end of his leave, he is sent to find his brother and bring him home. Upon reaching Devonshire, however, Stephen is stunned to learn Wesley has sailed for Italy and left his host's daughter in serious trouble.Stephen feels duty-bound to act, and strangely protective of the young lady, who somehow seems familiar. Wanting to make some recompense for his own past failings as well as his brother's, Stephen proposes to Miss Dupont. He does not offer love, but marriage "in name only" to save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he fears, she will at least be a respectable widow.

Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie finds herself torn between her first love and this brooding man she barely knows. Dare she wait for Wesley to return? Or should she elope with the captain and pray she doesn't come to regret it?

Julie Klassen
Photo Credit: © Farrow Media

JULIE KLASSEN loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for genre fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and Christian Retailing's BEST Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's RITA Awards and ACFW's Carol Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, visit www.julieklassen.com.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr (The Darkwater Saga)

Oh my! I'm still reading! LOL! This is a long book indeed, but one I didn't want to put down. The problem is that I had NanoWriteMo and that backed me up a bit. ;) That is totally NOT the fault of this book!

If you wish for world building, it is happening in this book. There are different groups of people, and they all have a purpose. A strong Christian theme is present.  We have romance, and Willet is one of our main characters. He is a reeve to the king. His job is to be an investigator, and a murder that they can't solve gets more and more wild when the church stops them from solving this mystery. What really makes it messy is that as we go along we find that Willet can't let this go. He has to have answers. He has a secret buried away, and that never stays hidden.

The "darkwater" area has evil and all kinds of things locked away. No one goes in and comes out the same. The violence didn't bother me in this book. It doesn't take away from it in my opinion. Real life had death, and murders and mysteries.

It is long, as I mentioned, but I don't dislike that in a book. I didn't feel that it was slow, as much as greatly detailed.

Carol :)

The Shock Of Night - http://www.amazon.com/Shock-Night-Darkwater-Saga/dp/0764213466/

Author Website http://www.patrickwcarr.com/

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl (Finding Sanctuary #3)

Sophie is a crime reporter, well she wants to be one. She is working in a newspaper office when a lead breaks. She got here after breaking  free from her strict past, forging her way in a world very different from how she grew up. No longer a Mennonite, but now this changes everything. A murder ties back to her old life, and could expose her past. The huge amount of money missing is a strong motivation for lots of people to go digging to solve this. Topping that off, an old flame is now a Pastor in Sanctuary. Is her life in the hands of Johnathan who is from her Kingdom past?

Sophie and Johnathan need to trust God is that something that they can do? This is a very good third book in this series. I'm happy to have read it!

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

Carol :)


Sophie Wittenbauer left her strict Mennonite hometown under a cloud of shame and regret. Certain she's left her past far behind her, she's now focused on her job at a newspaper and is shocked when she stumbles upon the name of someone she knew in her old life. But when she learns the man--a prisoner--claims a suspect from a decades-old unsolved crime is hiding out in the small town of Sanctuary, Missouri, she can't resist following the lead in hopes of furthering her career. 

Almost immediately upon her arrival, Sophie's confronted with a face from her past and fears her intention of using a false identity to investigate is doomed. But with the help of Sanctuary's charismatic young pastor, Sophie knows she's getting close. Will she be able to conceal the truth of her own past long enough to find the suspect before someone puts a stop--fatal or otherwise--to her investigation?

Nancy Mehl is the author of twenty-one books, including the Road to Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary series. Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson. Visit www.nancymehl.com to learn more.


"Romantic suspense at its best, with an engaging plot that's not overpowering. Mehl is an amazing author who writes believable stories, knows what fans expect and does not disappoint."

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