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A Matter of Trust by Winnie Griggs October 2, 2018

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Award-winning author Winnie Griggs invites you to discover lasting love… (Formerly published as “What Matters Most”).

Texas, 1892—When Lucy Ames rescues a stranger from being beaten and robbed, she can’t just leave the man to die. But with her reputation in town already in tatters, how can she take this wounded man into her home? All she can do is what’s right…and hope for the best. Unlike Lucy, her young charge, Toby, is delighted to have a man in the house. As much as Lucy wants the man gone, she can’t begrudge him the father figure he never knew.

On a self-assigned mission to locate his nephew, Reed Wilder can’t believe his luck when he realizes his beautiful rescuer is the strumpet who beguiled his arrow-straight brother. But she’s not at all what he expected. She’s independent and feisty and…captivating.

Before either of them realize it, Lucy and Reed fall in love. But how can their relationship survive the secrets that plague them both?

My thoughts:

What a great read. I have never read anything by Winnie, but if this book was any indication of her writing then I have found a new author.

I loved that this book was full of romance but also had a mystery involved. What was Lucy’s deal? And then the author throws in a twist with a new point of view character that has the reader wondering what is going on. There is more to the story then meets the eyes.

If you love a good historical romance I am sure you will enjoy this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

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Review and Giveaway: A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter August 23, 2018

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When Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she’s forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend’s missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she’s telling.

After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can’t matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and to raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. But as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, the risk of revealing the truth may come at too high a price for those she loves.

Kristi Ann Hunter is the author of the Hawthorne House series and a 2016 RITA Award winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at http://www.kristiannhunter.com.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I adored Kristi’s previous series, I seriously loved every book. So what could she do now?

Well she did it. She has written another wonderful series. Of course this is only the first book but I loved it. It has a very unique story line, not what I was expecting at all. It kept me fully engaged.

This book as about learning to trust God, having faith. Kit struggles with this, for good reason.

There is some really powerful dialogue in this book. I wish I could remember exactly, but I remember reading something Graham said and was like, yeah, that’s truth right there.

I can’t wait to see where the series goes.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Miss Serena’s Secret by Carolyn Miller August 1, 2018

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How can a wounded young woman ever trust a too-flirtatious earl with her heart?

With devastating scars in her past, Serena Winthrop is sure no man can be trusted—especially not a man like the too-smooth Viscount Carmichael. His reputation as a flirt and a gambler is everything she despises. And the young artist makes sure that this disreputable heir to an earldom knows of her deep disapproval whenever they encounter one another.

Henry, Lord Carmichael, is perfectly aware of his charms. He’s gambled with plenty of ladies’ hearts as easily as he has with their husbands’ money. But lately he’s wondered if there’s more to life—and if his actions might prove unworthy of an admirable wife such as his friends have found.

When Serena’s guardian asks his best friend to protect his young ward, Henry promises to be on his best behavior and not woo her. But the more he learns of her, the more he realizes she might be his best reason for changing his character.

Then the lady’s art leads her to London infamy. Now Henry must choose between the life mapped out for him as the earl apparent and the love of his life. And Serena’s secret may mean the end of his titled family line.

This second novel in a new series by internationally popular author Carolyn Miller is full of the rich historical detail and evocative writing her readers enjoy, and familiar characters make appearances here. The witty banter will continue to draw in fans of Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and Julie Klassen.

My thoughts:

I’m pretty sure Carolyn gets better with each book. I think this one has been my favorite yet, and I have read all of her books.

The tension and romance between Serena and Harry had my heart aching for them, literally.

My heart was so sad for Serena in the beginning when she hid away her talent but I loved when she began to bloom again in her gifts.

I loved the story of redemption and forgiveness in this book. It is a strong theme, one we must remember. God can redeem anyone and we need to keep praying for them.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson July 24, 2018

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Reluctant debutante Keziah Montgomery lives beneath the weighty expectations of her staunch Confederate family, forced to keep her epilepsy secret for fear of a scandal. As the tensions of the Civil War arrive on their doorstep in Savannah, Keziah sees little cause for balls and courting. Despite her discomfort, she cannot imagine an escape from her familial confines—until her old schoolmate Micah shows her a life-changing truth that sets her feet on a new path . . . as a conductor in the Underground Railroad.

Dr. Micah Greyson never hesitates to answer the call of duty, no matter how dangerous, until the enchanting Keziah walks back into his life and turns his well-ordered plans upside down. Torn between the life he has always known in Savannah and the fight for abolition, Micah struggles to discern God’s plan amid such turbulent times.

Battling an angry fiancé, a war-tattered brother, bounty hunters, and their own personal demons, Keziah and Micah must decide if true love is worth the price . . . and if they are strong enough to survive the unyielding pain of war.

My thoughts and giveaway:

What a beautiful cover. This book drew me in just by looking at it.

I have never read anything by Tara before but I will gladly do so again.

I loved this sneek peek at the Underground Railroad. Keziah’s heart for others was so strong.

Micah is a stubborn man who has the some kind heart as Keziah but holds back his own feelings for Keziah.

Keziah’s family frustrated me to no end. But the author did a wonderful job developing these characters as well.

I would say it was about half way through the book before I felt totally invested but then I couldn’t put it down and had to see how it would all work out.

If you like books set int he civil war era I have no doubt you will enjoy this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman July 20, 2018

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Bitter since his eldest brother abandoned their family in Ireland, Quinn O’Shea travels to Natchez, Mississippi, ready to shuck the weight of his duty and set off on an adventure of his own. It’s time Connor, as head of the family, took responsibility for their younger siblings. While aboard ship, a run-in with three Irish sisters lands Quinn in the role of reluctant savior. Though it may delay his plans, he cannot abandon the Young sisters, especially the tenacious yet kind Kiera.

Upon arriving in the colonies, Kiera Young prepares to meet her intended and begin her new life. But she soon discovers the marriage her brother-in-law arranged was never meant to be, and a far more sinister deal was negotiated for her and her sisters.

Quinn offers to escort his charges safely to Breeze Hill Plantation and his brother’s care, fully intending to seek his freedom elsewhere. But the longer he remains, the greater his feelings toward Kiera grow and the more he comes to realize true freedom might be found in sacrifice.

Includes discussion questions.

My thoughts:

This was a great second book in this series.

Kiera is a strong character, determined to do what is needed to keep her sisters safe.

Quinn is a wonderfully stubborn hero who has his plans while God has another.

I could easily see the Genesis 5020 stories in the character’s lives. What the enemy could have used for harm God uses for good.

I also enjoyed meeting up with characters from the first book…well, not all the characters. Some of them are truly evil.

I kept waiting for something bad to happen, you knew it was coming it was just a matter of time.

I did feel the first almost kiss was a bit rushed. I didn’t feel the moment at all. But when it came time for the actual kiss, that one I felt was the right timing.

Have no fear if you haven’t read the first book, you can still thoroughly enjoy this one.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Sons of Blackbird Mountian by Joanne Bischof July 5, 2018

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Title: Sons of Blackbird Mountain

Author: Joanne Bischof

Genre: Historical Romance

After the tragic death of her husband, Aven Norgaard is beckoned to give up her life in Norway to become a housekeeper in the rugged hills of Nineteenth-Century Appalachia. Upon arrival, she finds herself in the home of her late husband’s cousins—three brothers who make a living by brewing hard cider on their three-hundred acre farm. Yet even as a stranger in a foreign land, Aven has hope to build a new life in this tight-knit family.

But her unassuming beauty disrupts the bond between the brothers. The youngest two both desire her hand, and Aven is caught in the middle, unsure where—and whether—to offer her affection. While Haakon is bold and passionate, it is Thor who casts the greatest spell upon her. Though Deaf, mute, and dependent on hard drink to cope with his silent pain, Thor possesses a sobering strength.

As autumn ushers in the apple harvest, the rift between Thor and Haakon deepens and Aven faces a choice that risks hearts. Will two brothers’ longing for her quiet spirit tear apart a family? Can she find a tender belonging in this remote, rugged, and unfamiliar world?

A haunting tale of struggle and redemption, Sons of Blackbird Mountain is a portrait of grace in a world where the broken may find new life through the healing mercy of love.

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About the Author

Bischof-Joanne-215x300JOANNE BISCHOF is an ACFW Carol Award and ECPA Christy Award-winning author. She writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the heartstrings. She was honored to receive the San Diego Christian Writers Guild Novel of the Year Award in 2014 and in 2015 was named Author of the Year by the Mount Hermon conference. Joanne’s 2016 novel, The Lady and the Lionheart, received an extraordinary 5 Star TOP PICK! from RT Book Reviews, among other critical acclaim. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her three children. Visit her online at JoanneBischof.com, Facebook: Author, JoanneBischof, Instagram: @JoanneBischof.

 

 

 

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To celebrate her tour, Joanne is giving away

Grand prize of a country crate, a jar of apple butter, a bag of gummy berries, journal, bath salts, honey spoons, copper earrings, and a blackbird sign!!

Click below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d140/sons-of-blackbird-mountain-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

Why have I never read anything by Joanne before? I have no idea but this book has made me a fan. It was a beautiful, heart-wrenching, hope-filled read.

From the beginning the reader is drawn into the beautiful Blackbird Mountain’s from Aven’s prespective. Things aren’t at all what she expected but she quickly adapts and is grateful for the place to live.

Thor. Oh, he was a tough guy but so sweet also, yet he has no idea how to truly express himself and he is dealing with a major addiction that Aven can’t overlook for good reason.

I hoped for him, I wanted him to overcome, to be the man I knew he could be.

The tender moments between Aven and Thor pulled my heart and made it ache. So wonderfully written.

If you enjoy historical romance I highly recommend this one!

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A copy of this book was given to my through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: A Rebel Heart by Beth White July 2, 2018

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“Full of intrigue, grit, and grace, A Rebel Heart is Beth White at her finest.”Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of A Refuge Assured

Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah Daughtry can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family’s Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their ancestral land–until a hotel management agent for the railroad offers her hope for the future.

If she’ll turn her home into a hotel, Levi Riggins says, he can all but guarantee it will be saved. Selah isn’t sure she entirely trusts the handsome Yankee. Yet what other options does she have? She’ll have to stay on her guard . . . but she never expected to have to guard her heart.


“With great skill, Beth White combines intriguing history with inspiring romance, and then adds a good measure of mystery and suspense. Well done!”–Carrie Turansky, award-winning author of Shine Like the Dawn and Across the Blue

“Beth White’s careful historical research shines throughout this novel, as do her wonderful characters. Highly recommended.”–Robin Lee Hatcher, Lifetime Achievement Award-winning author of You’re Gonna Love Me


Beth White‘s day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she writes historical romance with a Southern drawl and is the author of The Pelican BrideThe Creole Princess, and The Magnolia Duchess. Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers’ Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. Learn more at http://www.bethwhite.net.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This book opens with a heart wrenching scene and it’s scene you won’t forget but reminded of and learn more about as the book goes on.

Selah is a wonderful, strong character, who carries the burdens of her family and is trying to do what is best for them.

Levi has an agenda of his own but also finds himself drawn to Selah, which can only lead to heartache when the truth comes out.

And that is what adds tension to this book. The reader knows the conflict between Levi and Selah and Levi knows it, but Selah does not. So I just kept wondering when she finds out what will happen? How will she find out?

This is a wonderful historical romance that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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A copy of this of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.