Saturday, March 24, 2018

A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears

A Chance at Forever (Teaville Moral Society, #3)A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley/To Review
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction/Romance

Book Description:  Mercy McClain joined the school board to protect the children of Teaville, Kansas, from the bullying she experienced as a child. When the worst offender from her school days applies for a teaching position, she is dead set against it. Yet Aaron Firebrook claims to be a changed man. Can he earn Mercy's trust--and her support for the challenges to come?

My thoughts: Can a person really change? What are morals? Those are some of the interesting thoughts that I had while reading this book. There are examples of cause and effect. Someone who is abused can become a bully. This book is about choices, the choice to change or live a life of unhappiness.

Mercy is an amazing character. She illustrated compassion throughout the book, but knows where the boundaries are. You cannot remain compassionate and let people use you. That is her dilemma in this story. Is she being swayed unfairly because of her compassionate nature? In spite of it all, she is positive, trusts, and is someone you would want on your side.

Aaron comes from a complex past. He is a contrast between being in control or being controlling. I loved that he was trying to give restitution for his mistakes. It takes a man of integrity and character to make things right, or at least try to.

I mentioned morals in the first paragraph, because there are characters who give the impression of having high morals, but their characters reveal that they are only moral as long as it is of benefit to them, or just pretend to have morals. This book gave me a lot to think about. What philosophies do we speak, and what do we really believe?

I should also mention that this is a fun book to read, besides thought provoking. The characters are well written, the pacing is great, and there is always some dilemma that needs to be taken care of.

It is clean with kissing. There is mention of prostitution and non-graphic violence. The book contains Christian themes.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Night in Grosvenor Square (Timeless Regency Collection)

A Night in Grosvenor Square by Sarah M. EdenA Night in Grosvenor Square by Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon, Heather B Moore
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance Novella collection

Book Description:  Three brand new Regency Romance novellas by Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon, and Heather B. Moore

Matchmaker Adelaide Northrop may be embarking on her greatest challenge yet. Miss Odette Armistead has been dubbed “Princess Pompous” by Society’s elite, and Odette’s parents are desperate to see her married off to a respectable gentleman. When Adelaide first meets Odette, she is expecting a young lady who fits the pompous description. Instead, Adelaide discovers that Odette is far from conceited, but has chosen to wear a mask in a desperate attempt to hide her love for a gentleman who has been chosen for someone else. It seems that Adelaide has far more than matchmaking to accomplish.

Anne Preston dreams of opening her own dessert shop some day and saves every spare penny she earns working at Gunter’s Tea Shop. She makes ice cream molds to perfection, bakes and decorates cakes, and hopes to one day be an independent shop owner. When an American man orders an ice, Anne is immediately taken with Davis Whitledge, but he is far above her station in life, so she tries to forget about his cordiality. Soon, she finds herself in a dangerous situation when confronted by two troublemakers, and Davis happens to be nearby. He sends the scoundrels on their way, but this only makes Anne more of a target. He doesn’t understand London ways, and his generosity has the potential to steal Anne’s dreams, or to make them soar. 

LITTLE LONDON by Heather B. Moore
Ellen Humphreys has never had a Season, has never danced the waltz, and will likely never do so while confined to watching over her ill mother at their country estate. Therefore, Ellen creates her own Little London, and imagines all the gentleman she’d dance with and all of the friendships she’d have with other young ladies, if only she were allowed to have a Season. When Quinn Edwards, the Marquess of Kenworth, comes upon her quite by happenstance while Ellen is imagining herself in a London ballroom, she is mortified about her playacting. But a chain of events is set off from this one meeting that has Ellen questioning if her reputation would ever survive a Season or another encounter with the marquess.

My thoughts; I loved this collection of stories. One thing they all had in common, not everything was as it seemed. The characters were of the ton, and of the lower class. They were all wonderful characters. I liked each and every one of them.

In "A Match Princess Pompous" I really hope that the matchmaker, Adelaide Northrop makes an appearance in another Sarah Eden story. She's an advocate to the couples she matches. Her plan is to be an observer and see beyond the facade that people present to the rest of the world. The plot was fun and well done.

"Confections and Pretense" show cause and effect. Going into another country and not knowing the culture can have unintended consequences. Fortunately, the novella had a happy ending.

"Little London" showed some of the problems with an elitist society. The expectations were pronounced concerning marriage and who or who is not acceptable. I loved that Quinn Edwards didn't bow down to what other's thought he should do, but did what was best for him and his happiness. It was a very romantic.

As always, any of the Timeless Regency collections are worth reading. I have yet to read one I didn't love. They are clean with kissing. This one contains some non-graphic violence.

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Enchanting Nicholette 
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Accidental Family by Lisa Bingham

Accidental Family (The Bachelors of Aspen Valley)Accidental Family by Lisa Bingham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Reqeuested review copy from Netgalley
Genre: Christian/Historical Fiction Romance/Suspense

Book Description:  Make-Believe Marriage

When newborn twins are dropped on Charles Wanlass’s doorstep—along with a note begging him to protect them—he knows he needs help to give them a proper home. The only solution: entering a marriage of convenience with mail-order bride Willow Granger. But soon the handsome pastor longs for their make-believe family to become real…

Willow will do whatever it takes to keep her missing friend’s babies safe. She’s drawn to Charles’s steadfast caring and honesty, but she’s sure she doesn’t have the proper background or courage to ever be a worthy wife or mother. But as danger closes in, she and Charles will risk everything to face down their fears—and turn their temporary home into a lifetime of love.

My thoughts: This book was a great blend of genres. It has romance, mystery, historical fiction, and suspense. It is set in a small mining town that has been closed off from the rest of the world because of an avalanche. The group is small, complex, and very interesting. This book is the second book in a series, the intricacies of the group are probably introduced more in the first book, but I didn't have a hard time picking up the story and understanding what was happening. I did not read the first. (But plan to sometime in the future.)

The two babies in the story couldn't have been more fortunate in the adults who are determined to care for them. The beginning of their little family is awkward, but Charles and Willow are amazing people, who put the needs of others before themselves. The development and progression of their family is wonderful, and I enjoyed reading about their journey.

The mother of the twins was murdered. Not only have Charles and Willow vowed to protect the babies , but to figure out who killed her. The babies are in danger as long as the killer is on the loose. They compile a suspect list, there were times when I was pretty sure that I knew "who done it" and others where I was kept guessing.

This book has talk of infidelity, chaste kisses, and non-graphic violence. Charles is the Pastor of the community, so there is a little religion in the book. I would consider it a clean read.

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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads)  Lisa Bingham was thirteen when she decided she wanted to be a published author, and she reached that goal less than ten years later. Now Lisa is the bestselling author of more than thirty historical and contemporary romantic fiction novels. Lisa has also been a teacher and a professional theatrical and historical reenactment costume designer—she’s considered an expert in those fields. She has been lucky enough to live and study in such exotic locales as Brazil, Mexico, Europe, and the United Kingdom. Currently she lives in rural northern Utah near her husband’s fourth-generation family farm. She is married to her sweetheart of twenty-two years and has three beautiful children, an over-protective dog, a burr-laden cat, and a miniature goat who thinks she’s a puppy.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings.

Holding the Fort (Fort Reno #1)Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley for review.
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Book Description When dance hall singer Louisa Bell visits Fort Reno to see her brother, she is mistaken for the governess that the harried Major Daniel Adams is waiting for. Between his rowdy troops and his two daughters, he has more responsibility than he can handle alone. Eager for the opportunity, Louisa sets out to show the widower that she is a perfect fit.

My thoughts: What a hoot! This book is well written and a lot of fun to read.

Louisa Bell comes from questionable beginnings. She feels that she can not make much of herself because of others decisions that affected her life. She doubts God and she doubts herself. A fortunate circumstance fell into her lap and she rose to the occasion and learned and grew as a person. She is a woman of integrity, grit, and intelligence - in spite of what others tell her.

I loved watching Louisa grow and see the positive impact she had on the children in her charge. It was because of her upbringing that she was able to see what the girl needed and help them live lives or refinement and fun. Her journey is painful, but inspirational. It is proof that your beginnings do not determine your endings.

Major Daniel Adams is a fair man. He comes across as stern, but deep inside he is a man of compassion, fairness, and strength. I loved having part of the story told through his eyes.

The two girls, Daisy and Caroline are a treat. Particularly Daisy, she was so much fun to read about. She has a free spirit, and I loved that Louisa encouraged it and helped her temper it for the occasion. I also loved that the story was set in the Old West and dealt with the expansion of the United States in "Indian" territory. Major Adams was wonderful with the tribes and encouraged positive relations. Now I know this is a fictional story, but I would like to believe that there were men and women of integrity who saw the value of the Native Americans and their way of life.

This is a fantastic book. There isn't a lot of violence for the setting and time period. There is a little bit of kissing and mention of a lives that were "soiled". I would recommend this book as clean and encourage anyone and everyone to read it. There are Christian themes, but the book is far from preachy.

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About the Author (taken from Goodreads) Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Whitcomb Springs by MK McClinton ~ Book Blast with a #giveaway

  “WHITCOMB SPRINGS” BY MK MCCLINTOCK In the spring of 1865, a letter arrives in Whitcomb Springs for Evelyn Whitcomb. The Civil War has ended and the whereabouts of her husband is unknown, but she doesn’t give up hope. With courage, the help of a friend, and the love of a people, Evelyn finds a way to face—and endure—the unexpected. “Whitcomb Springs” is the introductory, stand-alone short story of the Whitcomb Springs series set in post-Civil War Montana.


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 Montana Territory—April 25, 1865   The letter fluttered to the table. Evelyn stared at the sheet of paper but could no longer make out the words as they blurred together. Surrender. She prayed this day would come, they all had, and after four tortuous years, the war was finally over.

 There would be more capitulation on the part of the South, and too many families who would never see their men again . . . but it was over.

 Separated, yet not untouched, from conflict, Evelyn Whitcomb lived in the same town her husband and their two friends founded one year before news of the Civil War reached them. By way of her sister, who lived in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania with their parents, they were kept informed as often as Abigail could get a letter through. Evelyn often wondered if she should have returned to Rose Valley to help with the war effort, much as her sister Abigail had done, yet she found the needs of Whitcomb Springs to be vast as the town continued to grow.

 Many men and boys left, leaving their wives, mothers, and sisters behind to fight for a cause they didn’t fully understand, yet still felt it their duty to serve. Others remained behind to continue working in the mine and watch over those families with or without kin.

 Evelyn read over Abigail’s letter once more, letting the words settle into her mind, for even now she struggled to believe it was over—that her husband might return home.

 Dearest Evelyn,
      For too many years now I have shared with you the horrors and travesties befallen many of the young men with whom we spent our childhood. News has reached us that on the ninth of April, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. Oh, sister, I dared not believe it was true when Papa brought home the news. He tells us not to become overly excited for there will surely be a few more battles waged until the news reaches both sides, but we can thank God that this war is officially over.
      Your news of Daniel’s disappearance has weighed heavy on my mind these past months since we heard, and Papa has attempted to learn of his whereabouts, to no avail. We have not given up! There is much confusion right now on both sides and Papa said it could be weeks or months more before the men return home. Do not lose faith, sweet Evie.

 Your most loving sister,


Author MK McClintock MK MCCLINTOCK is an award-winning author of historical romance and westerns, who has written several books and short stories, including the popular "Montana Gallagher" series, the "Crooked Creek" series, and the "British Agent" series. She continues the search for a time machine that can transport her to nineteenth-century Montana or Scotland—either works. MK enjoys a quiet life in the Rocky Mountains where she spins tales of romance, adventure, and mystery set in bygone times.


“HEALING FIRE” BY SAMANTHA ST. CLAIRE After the death of Nora Hewitt's husband, the citizens of Whitcomb Springs didn't see odds favoring the young widow for holding onto the ranch with only her ten-year-old son to assist. That changes when a gentle giant of a man offers a helping hand. Motivated by compassion and his own grieving heart, the blacksmith becomes a mentor for the troubled boy and befriends the attractive widow, scandalizing the town gossips. Propriety is wielded like a weapon to separate them, but Providence makes its own plans through fire, loss and redemption.


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 Sawdust floated into drifts beneath the workbench, swirling in the cold Montana morning air. His breath a thin fog, Dominik Andris sang to himself as he ran his palm down the length of the cedar plank. Deep and resonant, the Austrian’s voice might have suited his appearance had it not been for its soft timbre. Broad-shouldered, square-jawed, and generally solemn in bearing, most people avoided him except when his skills as a blacksmith or undertaker were required.

 Today, someone had need of him as the latter. A rectangular box stood propped against the back wall. Nearly complete, the box lid before him was carved in designs more suitable for a cradle. Dominik picked up a carving knife, dwarfed in his hands, and bent to correct a curve on the delicate vine tracing its way from one end of the lid to the other. He ran his fingers along its length, testing for burrs in the grain. His humming ceased and a line formed between his brows, a frown not directed to his work but to the reason for it.

 As he straightened, he rubbed at the back of his neck and a little groan escaped his lips. He took a sip of cold coffee before crossing the workshop to the back wall where he picked up the box in one hand. The weight of it or the absence of weight, struck a painful chord. Just four feet in length, it was enough. Enough to hold the body of the child, the woman’s child.


Author Samantha St. Claire SAMANTHA ST. CLAIRE was born in 2016, the alter-ego and pen name of an author of historical fiction born a few decades earlier. She may have found her niche in western historical fiction, served up sweet. Never faint of heart, her signature protagonists face the hazards of the frontier with courage, wit, and a healthy pinch of humor.


 Welcome to Whitcomb Springs! This is a collection of short stories, and the occasional novella, written by multiple authors. The series is filled with stories of adventure, danger, romance, and hope, and is set in the fictional town of Whitcomb Springs, Montana Territory. The stories span the years of 1865-1885. Although each story may be set during a different time, they are stand-alone and may be read in any order. While the first stories will publish on March 15, 2018, this is an on-going project, so new stories may be published at any time by one of the participating authors. For a complete listing of all currently available and upcoming Whitcomb Springs stories, visit  

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Book Spotlight ~ "The Other Side of the Bridge" by Camron Wright

The Other Side of the Bridge
Two coasts. Two strangers.
And a bridge that silently beckons them both.

Katie Connelly has lived in San Francisco all her life. Her late father made his career on the Golden Gate Bridge, and the many stories of how he saved jumpers still haunt her. And now her job assignment is to write about the history of the bridge—a history that includes a secret journal about a promise ring and a love story that may be the answer to her unresolved sorrow.

Meanwhile, Dave Riley, a marketing executive in New York, has sorrows of his own. Grasping at straws after tragedy strikes his family, he decides to follow a daydream that has turned into an obsession: to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge on a motorcycle on the Fourth of July.

Does the bridge somehow mysteriously hold the answers both Katie and Dave are looking for? Or will they find something completely different when they get to the other side?

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Camron WrightAbout the Author: (Taken from Goodreads)  Camron Wright was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a master’s degree in Writing and Public Relations from Westminster College.

He has owned several successful retail stores in addition to working with his wife in the fashion industry, designing for the McCall Pattern Company in New York.

Camron began writing to get out of attending MBA school at the time, and it proved the better decision. His first book, Letters for Emily, was a Readers Choice Award winner, as well as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. Letters for Emily has been published in North America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, and China.

His next book, The Rent Collector, won Best Novel of the Year from the Whitney Awards and was a nominee for the prestigious International DUBLIN Literary Award. The Orphan Keeper won 2016 Book of the Year, Gold accolades in Multicultural Fiction from Foreword Reviews, and was winner of Best General Fiction from the Whitney Awards. He newest book, The Other Side of the Bridge, will be released in March of 2018. 

Camron lives with his wife, Alicyn, just south of Salt Lake City at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. He is the proud father of four children, all girls but three.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Ashes on the Moor by Sarah M Eden

Ashes on the MoorAshes on the Moor by Sarah M. Eden
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher to review
Genre: Historical Romance

Book Description:  When Evangeline is sent to live in a small mill town in Northern England as a schoolteacher in 1871, she finds herself struggling to fit in with an unfamiliar culture. Raised with the high-class Victorian values and ideals of a sophisticated upbringing, she is unprepared for the poverty she finds in the gritty factory town of Smeatley, where the locals speak with a hard-to-understand Yorkshire accent and struggle to thrive with few resources or opportunities.

Though she has no training as a teacher, she must prove herself successful before her grandfather will release her substantial inheritance to her and allow her to be reunited with her younger sister, the last remaining member of her family after a fever claimed the lives of her parents and brothers.

Evangeline's sudden change in circumstances is complicated when her aunt—a woman who values class distinctions more than her family relationships—forbids her from acknowledging any connection to her or to her grandfather, Mr. Farr—the man who owns nearly the entire town. For the first time in her life, Evangeline is truly alone.

Heartbroken, she turns to the one person in town who has shown her kindness—an Irish brick mason, Dermot, and his son, Ronan. Despite the difference in their classes and backgrounds, Evangeline and Dermot become friends, due in part to her ability to connect with Ronan, whose behavior requires special attention. The boy is uncomfortable around strangers and rarely even speaks to the other children in town. He often fixates on details other people ignore, and he adheres to specific, self-made rules that give his life order and structure; for example, Dermot's coat must be hung on a specific peg next to the door.

Evangeline attempts to prove herself a worthy teacher and earn the respect of her hard-to-understand students. Determined to find a way to introduce them to "proper English" while still honoring their unique language and culture, she enlists the help of a local family to write down familiar stories in the Yorkshire vernacular. Because of her efforts, the students and their families warm to Evangeline and she continues to look for ways to give the children a chance to become more than factory workers in the local cotton mill.

When the town learns of her upper-class status, Evangeline must work twice as hard to win back their trust--especially Dermot's. In the end, Evangeline and Dermot discover that, even though they come from different social spheres, together they can overcome social prejudices, make a positive difference in the lives of even the humblest people, and enjoy the strength that comes when two hearts find each other.

Ashes on the Moor is the inspiring love story of one Victorian woman's courage to fight against all odds, and the man whose quiet strength gives her the confidence to keep trying.

My thoughts: Evangeline Blake's world is torn from her after the tragic death of her parents and brothers. She is forced to leave her home and accept the "benevolence" of her aunt and grandfather. Not all is as she was lead to believe it would be and her true character is tested as she is forced to deal with less than ideal circumstances.

I loved the growth of Evangeline in this book. She is compassionate, honorable, kind, and trustworthy. Her ultimate goal is to be reunited with her sister. To do that she must prove that she is capable. Fortunately, this lady of refinement meets an unlikely ally in the Irishman Dermot McCormick. He teaches her what she need to know to survive and they forge an alliance that helps them both.

I loved this glimpse into the impoverished life of the British countryside in 1871. The people try to survive everyday. Education has just been introduced for ever child to have access to. The divide between the wealthy and the poor is illustrated in stark contrast. In the middle of the story is a remarkable boy who we would now recognize as being on the autism spectrum. This is a wonderful story of a resilient people.

This is a clean romance!  Sarah Eden is one of my favorite authors to read.  I highly recommend this book and everything else she has written.

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