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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
318
purchased

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.
Enjoy!

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.

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Sweetbriar Cottage

June 12, 2017
Sweetbriar Cottage Book Cover Sweetbriar Cottage
Denise Hunter
Christian Fiction
Thomas Nelson
June 13,2017
320
Net Galley

Description of Sweetbriar Cottage

“Sweetbriar Cottage is a story to fall in love with. True-to-life characters, high stakes, and powerful chemistry blend to tell an emotional story of reconciliation.” BRENDA NOVAK, NYT bestselling author

When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in months, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.

Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage–and okay, the botched divorce–was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.

But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife–still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.

As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone–including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?

My review of Sweetbriar Cottage

I know you read it all the time, but…I could  not put this book down…..and in this case it is literally true.

I had to force myself to put the book down and make lunch. Then I suggested, actually I didn’t thaw anything out for dinner and told my husband that I could make a salad or he could order pizza. So, we had pizza for dinner. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish the book, and it was well worth it.

This book will appeal to anyone who likes a clean romance. It has a good plot and interesting twists along the way.

It is well written and has a good message.

Okay, now I’ve gotten the important part out of the way…Let me tell you why I liked this book so  much. It wasn’t the same old boy meets girl. They overcome all the obstacles that are thrown at them. They live happily ever after. This was a story about a man and a woman who’d been married. They thought they were perfect for each other. They were happy until she cheated on him and they got divorced.

The story begins when Noah receives a letter from the IRS that claims he and his ex wife are still married. Noah and Josie are thrown into a series of circumstances that force them to work together and talk, something they haven’t done in a very long time. The chaos that ensues is interesting to unravel.

The main characters are both likeable. I was rooting for both of them to work things out and get back toeghter throughout the whole book. I think if a book has you so wrapped up in the outcome that you have to keep turning the page to find out what happens next, the author has done a good job of writing.

I know you will enjoy this book. It will be released June 13, 2017, so order your copy ASAP.

You’ll be glad you did.

Enjoy!

 

About the author

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including “The Convenient Groom” and “A December Bride” which have been made into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking good coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband have three boys and are rapidly approaching an empty nest.

You can learn more about Denise through her website www.DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/authordenisehunter

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Chapel Car Bride

June 8, 2017
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Judith Miller
Historical Fiction
Bethany House Publishers
April 4, 2017
352
Publisher

Description of The Chapel Car Bride

Intriguing Glimpse into the Past by Bestselling Historical Author Judith Miller

With her penchant for seeing the best in everyone, Hope Irvine sees a world full of good people in hard places. When her father accepts a position traveling in a chapel car as an on-the-rail missionary, she is determined to join him in his efforts and put her musical skills to good use by serving the mining families of West Virginia, saving their souls, and bettering their lives.

Luke Hughes shares Hope’s love of music and her love of God, but as a poor miner he knows he can offer her no future. Still, the notes she sings resonate in his heart. When she begins to travel with a young mine manager to neighboring counties, Luke can hardly suppress his jealousy. It isn’t until he begins to suspect these missions of mercy might be the mine manager’s cover for illegal purposes, though, that Luke feels justified in speaking up. But how can he discover the truth without hurting Hope or, worse, putting her in danger?

My review of The Chapel Car Bride

I’d never heard of a Chapel Car before. I was intrigued by the concept of a traveling preacher who lived in a railroad car and took the church to the people.

The setting was the perfect place for this to work. A mining town where they could place the railroad car containing the church on an unused spur of track and the townspeople could attend church.

The plot could have moved at a little faster pace for me but had enough plot twists to keep me turning the page.

I liked this story and would recommend it to friends.

If you pick up a copy let me know what you think about it.

Enjoy!

About the author

Judith is an award winning and best-selling author of historical fiction for Bethany House Publishers. With a love of history, a dash of romance and a touch of mystery, Judith transports her readers to another time and place. Her passion for history and love of God keep her inspired. Judith and her husband are empty-nesters who live in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Judy blogs with four other historical novelists at www.writespassage.blogspot.com

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The Perfect Stranger

May 8, 2017
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Megan Miranda
Thriller
Simon & Schuster
April 11, 2017
352
Net Galley

Description of The Perfect Stranger

In the masterful follow-up to the New York Times bestseller All the Missing Girls—“think: Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl” (TheSkimm)—a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

My Review of The Perfect Stranger

Having read All The Missing Girls I was eager to get a copy of The Perfect stranger.

I think Megan Miranda weaves a very complicated plot. It  takes quiet a while to get all of the important characters introduced. Once that is accomplished the role each plays in the story is presented. The story starts in the present with Leah and Emmy finding each other after an eight year separation and becoming roommates again.

No one is what they originally appear to be, even our main character.

Leah is damaged. She is a lost soul in some ways. She is deeply ashamed of how things ended in Boston. She is very secretive with people about her life before becoming a teacher in a small Pennsylvania town. She keeps to herself until an injured girl is found down by the lake. The girl looks remarkably like Leah. The police think Leah could be the intended victim.

Emmy appears to be Leah’s one true friend, someone who knows her whole story. She is eager to reconnect with Leah and join her in the small rural town in Pennsylvania. The two seldom see each other, Emmy works nights and Leah works days. When Emmy disappears, Leah is thrown into yet another questionable investigation.

Detective Kyle Donovan is the lead investigator on the case. Can she trust him with her truth, or will the truth put her in more danger?

If you like a good mystery/thriller, this book fits the bill. Pick it up, you won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy!

About the author

Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls. She has also written several books for young adults, including FractureHysteriaVengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. The Perfect Stranger is her second novel of psychological suspense. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter, or visit MeganMiranda.com.

Treasured Grace

April 17, 2017
Treasured Grace Book Cover Treasured Grace
Heart of the Frontier, Book 1
Tracie Peterson
Christian Fiction
Bethany House Publishers
February 28, 2017
320
Publisher

Description of Treasured Grace

Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters became her responsibility. A hasty marriage to a minister who is heading to the untamed West seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start, but a cholera outbreak along the wagon trail has left Grace a widow in a very precarious position.

Having learned natural remedies and midwifery from her mother, Grace seeks an opportunity to use her skills for the benefit of others. So when she and her sisters arrive at the Whitman mission in “Oregon Country,” she decides to stay rather than push on.

With the help of Alex Armistead, a French-American fur trapper, Grace begins to provide care for her neighbors, including some of the native populace. But not everyone welcomes her skills–or her presence–and soon Grace finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.

My review of Treasured Grace

I love Tracie Peterson’s books. Thank you Bethany House for sending me a copy to review.

Treasured Grace is the first book in the Heart of the Frontier Series. It tells the tale of three sisters who are traveling to Oregon City to stay with their uncle. The trip west in 1848 is not for the faint of heart.

The timing for this book is right before the gold rush in California.  Wagon trains are heading west to settle the Oregon Territory. There is  choloera to deal with because of the unsanitary practices on the trail. Measles, which to us doesn’t seem like such a terrible disease since we have the vaccinations to prevent it, but to a wagon train of people in close quarters, it proves to be deadly. Then there are the Indians who are looking for any excuse to kill the white man who is stealing their land from them. A very volatile setting.

The things the characters do to survive in this environment is what makes the story.

This book is for historical fiction lovers or Christian fiction readers in  particular.  I thouroughly enjoyed this book and recommend you give it a try.

Enjoy!

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.

Visit Tracie’s web site at: http://www.traciepeterson.com