Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

This was a fast read. Funny, witty scenarios that had me laughing out loud. Abigail is nurse who knows horses and how to run a ranch. She marries a dying soldier and promises to take care of his sister who has a severe heart problem and his mother by working the ranch. Then the real Jeremiah Calhoun comes home and what is Abigail to do now? Reading the unraveling of Abigail's past and how her present is affected caught my attention. The antics of the neighbor children intermingled with the mysterious disappearance of horses had you wanting to read further into the book than my time would allow. I had a couple of late nights not wanting to put the book down.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy for this book for review from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Matter of the Heart (Lone Star Brides #3) by Tracie Peterson

I loved this book. Tracie Peterson never fails me with her writing style. I personally love the older western type romance novels. The story progresses from the series with Jessica, and newcomers Harrison and Austin who vie for Jessica's heart. However, Jessica has become aware how self-absorbed and selfish she has been and starts upon a path of transformation.. I loved how the main character Jessica develops in her relationship with God and wants His will for her life. The character development felt genuine and the evidence of transformation was obvious as the character progressed through the book. Loved reading development of the story line between the characters. I am excited to see how the town Terryton develops. Although, you will have to read the book to see whom Jessica chooses. Overall, I went and bought the first 2 books.
The available books in the series so far  are:
1. A Sensible Arrangement
2. A Moment in Time
3. A Matter of the Heart

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tried and True (Wild at Heart Book #1) by Mary Connealy

Normally I plan to read a chapter or two of a book per day until it's over. Very few books grab my attention and I can't put it down. I've heard wonderful things about Mary Connealy and was looking forward to this book. I was not expecting to start the book and finish it 2.5 hours later. The characters were well written, delightfully witty and very easy to relate to. The book is about Kylie, who hid her identity and served in the Civil War. She is now homesteading and someone else wants the property she has staked as her own. Introduce the villain(s), romantic story-line, family issues, bad war memories and sisterly bonds which equal a very interesting, but attention grabbing plot line. I loved all the character story-lines and cannot wait to see how they play out in her future books. I even jumped on Amazon to pre-order the next book to my dismay is not on the site yet. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to purchasing Ms. Connealy's previous and future books. 

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy for this book for review from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions are my own.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas




I had a hard time reading this book. The book was good and well written, just not my preferred type of reading material. Perla is a quiet person trying to be unnoticed as she moved to a new town with her daughter. She meets a man in town, Caswell whose gut tells him Perla is keeping a secret. The town goes into a drought and Perla helps in an unique way. The story line is simply about forgiveness and how God draws us closer and reveals Himself to us through love and forgiveness.



*Disclaimer: I received a free copy for this book for review from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Match of Wits by Jen Turano


This book is definitely a quick read with loads of humor. I would pick up the book and then take a glimpse of the time and I had been engrossed for reading for 30 minutes or more. I finished the book after 3 days including working full time and going to school! The book is about a young lady trying to scrounge up material for the articles she writes in a newspaper. After receiving some threatening letters her editor has sent her out of town to "research" along with a couple of companions to watch her welfare. She runs into an old flame, Zayne. These two began stumbling into calamity after calamity with out loud laughter at their banter and zany adventures.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy for this book for review from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer

This book catches your interest by with the prologue. I will admit during the first 2 chapters I started to lose interest in the book. I am glad I pushed through.
Nicole is the daughter to a shipping businessman who needs a male and not his daughter to take over the family business.
Nicole is determined to marry a man that would make her father proud of her. She meets Darius and sparks fly.
This is a very fast quick paced story that ensues. One of my favorite Karen Witemeyer books to date. I highly recommend this book!

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy for this book for review from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Meant to Be Mine (A Porter Family Novel Book #2) By Becky Wade


Right off the author grabs your attention with a woman wanting to know how her old crush from high school was doing. We being women are curious about such things when we are still looking for the one God has for us. This led to a chance meeting where Ty and Celia have a mini series of adventures in Vegas. I was entertained and curious to where the author was going with the book. Then Ty changes his mind breaking Celia’s heart. I was really disappointed in Ty. Then Ty comes to Corvallis, Oregon and things are never the same in either one's life again. The book was a very quick read and a great unfolding tale of romance, forgiveness and redemption. I read over 300 pages in 3 days. I liked it so much I went and picked up the first book in the series, Undeniably Yours (A Porter Family Novel Book #1) and pre-ordered this second eBook for my Kindle.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy for this book for review from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions are my own.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Where Courage Calls by Laurel Oke Logan and Janette Oke

This is the seventh book in the Canadian West / When Calls the Heart series. The book follows Elizabeth "Beth" Thatcher as she follows her dream to teach in a small western town called Coal Valley. I loved reading this book. Beth was thrown into many circumstances and instead of becoming frustrated and getting angry with God, she turned to her Bible and pursued God in prayer. She left her heart open for God's instruction and direction. I found her very inspiring and found myself identifying with her when her faith was stretched in order to grow.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy for this book for review from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell.

Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell.

This book flowed very well, just like previous Siri Mitchell books. However, I found this book more difficult to read. Mitchell's characters have depth and inner struggles that are usually more of the focus of the book. In Unrivaled, the focus was more on the character Lucy's plan to destroy the larger candy company set out to buy her father's smaller candy company. Charlie, the love interest for Lucy is the son of the rival candy company. I would have loved to read more about how Charlie's family was doing with the extra money being sent to them in Chicago. I would additional like to have seen more time spend on developing the characters spiritually and romantically like previous Mitchell books. It seemed that the romantic and spiritual developments were solved in a few pages. Although the love story was woven here and there throughout the book. I loved that the book was set in St. Louis, Mo.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy for this book for review from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions are my own.

Monday, January 27, 2014

A Match Made in Texas 4 authors in one book

All 4 Christian love stories take place in the towis then of Dry Gulch, Texas in the late 1800's with the help of a mischievous matchmaker.

Story 1: A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer.
This is about a cowboy named Neill determined to prove to himself and his older brothers that he can make his own life without their help. In town Neill is looking for a job, he receives a mysterious note offering him a job replacing the widow Clara Danvers roof. Neill is shocked at how the homestead looks and begins to fix up odds and ends. Clara is astounded Neill would help her outside the job someone else is paying for. From here a sweet friendship begins with laughter and childhood stories. But when someone dares to threaten the safety of Clara, love begins to unfold.

Story 2: An Unforseen Match by Regina Jennings
Clayton has to make a pit stop in Dry Gulch on his way to a Homestead Run in Oklahoma. Here he meets Grace who use to be the town teacher until blindness overtook her causing her retire. Clayton is hired to help her patch up the cabin the school board purchased for Grace. This is where love starts.

Story 3: No Match for Love by Carol Cox
A young woman named Lucy has lost her father and left penniless with no provisions. The pastor of Dry Gulch gives Lucy an answer to prayer as he tells her about a job in North Folk, TX. Lucy journeys to North Folk to help Andrew with his widowed aunt who raised him. Aunt Martha seems to becoming senile in her old age and requires assistance. As Andrew and Lucy interact and try to figure out what exactly is wrong with Martha they start to fall in love.

Story 4: Meeting Her Match by Mary Connealy
Hannah is the school teacher by day and helps her parents with her little brothers in the evening. One day her mother mother goes into premature labor and dies suddenly. A few weeks later Hannah's father has married the town waitress, Essie.Hannah is moved into Essie's little bedroom above the diner. However, a gentleman named Marcus, the son of a banker takes interest in Hannah. 

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy for this book for review from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions are my own.