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Any Dream Will Do

July 24, 2017
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Debbie Macomb
Christian Fiction
Ballantine Books
August 8, 2017
Net Galley

Description of Any Dream Will Do

Beloved bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns with a powerful standalone novel about a woman forced to start her life anew, embarking on the most courageous journey of all—to a place where she learns what love and trust really mean.

Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.

Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.

The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community.

But Caden’s return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.

My review of Any Dream Will Do

Wow! What an interesting novel.

We get to see first hand how God works in mysterious ways. Poor Shay, she had no idea where to go, how to start over. She entered a church seeking warmth on a cold night and finds that there really are good people in this cruel world, and Pastor Drew Douglas is one of them.

It is beautiful to see God work in Shay’s life as He transforms her.

This story gave me goosebumps more than once.

A beautiful story!

You really need to pick up a copy of this book when it becomes available, August 8th. You will be so glad you did.


About the author

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Sixteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2016, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include A Girl’s Guide to Moving On (February), Sweet Tomorrows (August), and Twelve Days of Christmas (October) and an adult coloring book, The World of Debbie Macomber: Come Home To Color (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

Macomber owns two businesses in Port Orchard, WA, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove Series. These include The Grey House Café, formerly the Victorian Rose Tea Room, featured in the Cedar Cove Series, and A Good Yarn Shop, introduced in her popular Blossom Street novels. They are located on the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.

She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington and winter in Florida.

The Writing Desk

July 11, 2017
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Rachel Hauck
Christian Fiction
July 11, 2017
Net Galley

Description of The Writing Desk

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a new captivating novel of secrets, romance, and two women bound together across time by a shared dream.


Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.

My review of The Writing Desk

Wow! I loved this book! I think this might be Rachel Hauck’s best book yet!

I will admit that at first I wasn’t a fan of  the two parallel stories in the beginning. By the third chapter I was eager to find out what was happening in both Birdie and Tenley’s lives and how the desk was going to connect them. Rachel Hauck has created not one but two characters I fell in love with.

Birdie is an heiress who lives in the early 1900’s. Her mother has very definite plans for Birdie’s future. Marry a well bred man from a good family and have several children. One day she will replace her mother as the matriarch of New York society.  Birdie has very different plans for her future. She will only marry someone she loves, and her only aspiration is to write a novel and have it published. Unfortunately she finds the social prejudices of the time make that an impossibility. Women do write novels.

Tenley comes from a family of writers. She has followed in her father’s footsteps and written a   bestselling novel. She is under contract to write another novel and her deadline is quickly approaching. She is paralyzed with fear that she won’t be able to write this second book. She has no clue what to write. Her estranged mother calls from Florida and asks Tenley to come help her while she undergoes treatments for cancer. Tenley leaves New York and travels to Florida, hoping the change of scenery will get her creative juices flowing again. Tenley gets more than she bargained for in Florida.

I loved the characters in this novel!

I ended up loving the way the story was told in two different time periods.

I loved Tenley’s spiritual journey. What a beautiful testament of God’s love.

If you like a good love story you’ll be thrilled with this book, it has not one but two love stories. I hope you choose to pick up a copy of this book when it becomes available July 11. It is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on reading this book. It is that good.


About the author

Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel and her husband live in central Florida. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

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Beloved Hope

July 10, 2017
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Heart of The Frontier, Book #2
Tracie Peterson
Christian Fiction
Bethany House Publishers
July 4, 2017
Net Galley

Description of Beloved Hope

A Compelling Novel of Forgiveness and Hope from Leading Author Tracie Peterson

Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, she lives with her sisters, Grace and Mercy, and Grace’s new husband, Alex. As she spends her days tending their flock of sheep, Hope’s mind and soul are slowly healing. Yet, though she was once surrounded by suitors, she has no interest in giving her heart again after the man she loved died in her arms.

Hope’s precarious new peace is shattered when those responsible for the massacre are captured and put on trial. She is asked to testify against them, but she’s not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days.

As Hope struggles to free herself from the pain of her past, Lance Kenner, an Army lieutenant, brings an unexpected ray of light into her life. But what will Lance think of her if he learns the truth behind her anguish? And what secrets lie in his past?

My Review of Beloved Hope

This book is the second installment in Tracie Peterson’s Heart of the Frontier series. In this novel Hope Flanagan is struggling to live her life as a survivor of the massacre at the Whitman Mission. She is content to live a reclusive life out in the country with her two sisters and brother in law until the Indians responsible for the massacre are arrested and brought to Oregon City for trial. Hope is asked to testify against the men. She is forced to relive the most horrible time in her life. She isn’t sure she can be in the room with the Indians and testify.

Lieutenant Lance Kenner is charged with insuring the safety of the Indians until after the trial. He meets Hope when she attempts to kill one of the Indians. Though he can understand her sentiment, he can’t allow her to kill his prisoner. He decides to help Hope get past her fear and hopefully closer to him.

This is a beautiful story about God’s faithfulness. Hope was so lost after her ordeal at the mission. She was angry, afraid and ashamed. She was existing, but not truly living. It wasn’t until she drew closer to God and started seeking His counsel that she was able to find the peace she so desperately sought.

I loved the characters in the story. I think the author did a beautiful job of making the Flanagan sisters people we can identify with. They are strong, willful women who love each other with all their hearts. They are also compassionate women who do their best to help others in need. The men in their lives have the perfect characteristics that each sister needs.

I was fortunate to receive a copy of this book from Net Galley. I loved the first book in the series, Treasured Grace, and was looking forward to this second book, Beloved Hope. These books can be read as stand alone books, but I recommend reading them in order to get the full picture of what all transpired on the trip west.

I have a friend who loves historical fiction and I know just what series I’m getting her for her birthday. If you pick up a copy of the book let me know what you think.


About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

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All There Is

June 26, 2017
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Juniper Hills Book 1
Violet Duke
Contemporary Romance
Mountlake Romance
June 27, 2017
Net Galley

Description of All There Is

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Violet Duke debuts an emotional series about letting go, starting over, and trusting in the redemptive power of love.

Emma Stevens made a fresh start in the small town of Juniper Hills, but she still lives with the guilt of an impossible choice from her past: saving her sister—but leaving her stepbrother behind—in a fire that destroyed their home. The boy next door may have dragged them to safety, but he also caused the fire that devastated her family. She swore she’d never forgive him, so she’s stunned when he shows up on her doorstep.

Jake Rowan has never been able to escape the worst day of his life, when he took the fall for his older brother, who started a tragic fire. Years later, he’s carved out a life as a carpenter, but when he runs into Emma again, he’s reminded of everything he’s lost—and everything he still longs for.

Jake has never forgotten Emma, the dream girl whose life he destroyed. And she’s never stopped thinking about her first crush. As they grow closer—and old secrets are unearthed—will they be able to help each other heal, or will their hearts remain broken and burdened by the past?

My review of All There Is

Wow! What an emotional book.

I loved the witty banter between Emma and Jake.

I don’t usually read contempory romance, but I love Violet Duke’s writting style. Her characters are believeable and memorable and the dialog is fresh and natural.

Jake is a real sweetheart. I felt so sorry for him.

Emma and her sister have become the darlings of their new town. I liked how all of the people in Juniper Hills were protective of the two girls. I also liked how the whole town welcomed Jake.

For my followers who like a clean romance with no sex, you’d better steer clear of this one. Though I think the sex scenes are tastefully done they may not be for everyone. So you’ve been for warned. That aside I would recommend this book.


About the author

NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education ecstatic to be on the other side of the page now writing emotion-rich stories with fun, everyday characters and sweet, sexy match-ups. Since her debut series in 2013, readers from around the world have put all four of Violet’s laugh & cry contemporary romance series on bestseller lists and Top 10 charts across the major eretailers, both in the U.S. and internationally.

When she isn’t feeding her book-a-day addiction, Violet enjoys doing far too many things without checking the directions first (often with outrageous power tools she has no business operating), and cooking impossible-to-replicate ‘special edition’ dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. She lives in Hawai’i with her kids (Violet & Duke) and Mr. Violet Duke (their ringleader), with a PJs-and-rubber-slippers work dress code she takes very seriously.

I’ll Be There

June 19, 2017
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Deep Haven/Montana Fire
Susan May Warren
Christian Fiction
SDG Publishing
May 16, 2017

Description of I’ll Be There

From a USA Today bestselling and RITA-award winning author, a novel uniting two beloved series:

Smokejumper Conner Young can’t wait to marry the woman who’s stood by him for three years as he fought fires in the forests of the northwest. The only wound in the weekend is the lack of his best man–a brother whose murder is still unsolved. It’s unfinished business that haunts him, keeping him from truly moving on.

Liza Beaumont, long time Deep Haven artist is a survivor of a brutal grizzly attack. Struggling with nightmares, she’s not sure she’s ready to join Conner’s world. He’s a hero, yes, but his life is rife with danger and stress and frankly she’s not sure she has the courage to be the wife of a man who may not come home again.

When Liza’s wedding invitation unearths a witness in his brother’s murder, Conner’s hope of solving the case is reignited. Suddenly, it’s a choice between showing up to help Liza knit together their perfect day–or tracking down his brother’s killer. But when his investigation finds its way to Deep Haven, and Liza’s life is threatened, there may not be a wedding at all.

What happens when the smokejumpers from Montana Fire come to Deep Haven? Sparks, fire and hopefully…a happy ending.

My review of I’ll Be There

I loved I’ll Be There!
I have thoroughly enjoyed this whole series (Deep Haven/Montana Fire)
This latest book is Liza and Conner’s story. Liza is the pottery maker from book #2 Playing With Fire and Conner is one of the fire jumpers from Montana.
I have loved all of the Christiansens and their extended family in Deep Haven. The books all have characters you fall in love with and stories are packed full of action as well as high emotions.
I love the way the spiritual message is carried throughout the whole book not just woven in at the end.
These books can be read as stand alone books, each tells a complete story, but it is so much better when you know the story of each person in the book. (In my opinion)
If you like a good, clean love story that has a spiritual message, you will love this book and the whole series. Pick up a copy for the weekend, you won’t be sorry you did.

About the author

Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I’m a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I’m an adventurer — having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that’s why my characters can’t sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another — they’re too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories.