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[Book Review] A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

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A Love Like Ours

by

Becky Wade

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

The Porter family has certainly made their way into my heart. Becky Wade is one contemporary author who has made me fall in love with contemporary. While I still prefer Historical Fiction, I will still venture outside that genre to read a Becky Wade novel!

Jake Porter is an ex-Marine who suffers from PTSD. His childhood friend Lyndie James has moved back to Holley, Texas but he sees no good in opening up to her. Lyndie is determined to find her way back into Jake’s life. She wrangles a job out of him and is determined to become the jockey for a new horse at the ranch that has great potential. But Lyndie’s determination goes far deeper as she seeks to heal Jake from his emotional scars. Lyndie soon realizes that without God, it will be impossible for Jake to heal.

Not only are Jake and Lyndie fantastic characters, but Becky Wade has created a loveable cast of other characters. From Lyndie’s ill sister Mollie, to Amber’s adorable son Jayden, all these characters come together to create a touching story of healing and redemption. I’m not sure if this is the last we’ll see of the Porter’s (there’s still sister Dru!!) but either way I look forward to reading future novels from Becky Wade!

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[Book Review] From the Start by Melissa Tagg

From the Start

by

Melissa Tagg

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

What do football and romance movies have in common? Well, you’re probably thinking absolutely nothing! But Melissa Tagg has combined two complete opposites to make an endearing story that will touch your heart.

 

Kate Walker has been wounded by love yet she spends her life writing tv romances. When she hits a slump, she heads back home to see if she can figure out what’s next for herself.

Colton Greene was a star quarterback in the NFL but when he is left with a permanent injury, he’s unsure what’s next in his life. He decides to hide away from the media in one of his friend’s hometown while he decides what’s next.

When Kate and Colton’s lives connect, they find themselves working on a project that they both hope will lead them onto whatever is next for their lives. But what they don’t expect is to make such a huge impact on each other. However, past hurts make it difficult for them to move on.

 

I really enjoyed Melissa Tagg’s first series so I was really excited to dig into this novel. You should plan on reading Melissa Tagg’s free e-novella Three Little Words because it will open up the scene for From the Start as well as provide you with an entertaining read! The characters that Ms. Tagg has created are so lovable and they become your family as you dive into their world. If you like contemporary romance novels then you will definitely enjoy From the Start!

 

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[Book Review] Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg

Here to Stay

by

Melissa Tagg

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

I absolutely loved Melissa Tagg’s debut novel, Made to Last. I think most of us readers can agree that Blaze was a favorite character so I was excited that Ms. Tagg gave him his own story in Here to Stay.

In Here to Stay, Blake, “Blaze,” returns to his hometown. Having left town several years earlier due to a traumatizing event, he is unsure of what kind of welcome he will receive.

Autumn has been running the family inn for several years. However, she has a dream job opportunity in Paris. Not wanting to leave the inn in shambles, she does what she can to fix it up for a potential investor.

When Blake is offered the job of coordinating the Christmas festival, he knows he can’t do it alone, so he enlists the help of Autumn in exchange for some handiwork around her inn.

Blake and Autumn’s families have not gotten along for several years. In a race to make everything perfect for the Christmas festival, the two of them must put their differences aside and learn to work together.

As I said before, many readers became endeared to Blake in Made to Last. Ms. Tagg only increased our love for him in this novel. Autumn was a believable character – big dreams, big hopes, big disappointments. Ms. Tagg did a great job of creating these characters and bringing them to life.

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[Book Review] Truth Be Told by Carol Cox

Truth Be Told

by

Carol Cox

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

I love the mysterious aspect to Carol Cox’s novels. Mysteries have always intrigued me but for some reason I don’t read a lot of them.

In Truth Be Told, Amelia is arrives in Arizona for what she thinks will be a nice visit with her father. But what she doesn’t expect is to arrive and find her father on his deathbed and the newspaper now left in her hands. Amelia is determined to fulfill the motto of the newspaper in only telling the truth. What Amelia soon finds out is that she’s been left with a big mess with the Great Western Investment Company. Her father wrote some articles that the company did not appreciate and now they want Amelia to print a reprieve. This sets Amelia off on the quest for the truth of what’s really going on with the Great Western Investment.
Benjamin Stone has been tasked by the Great Western Investment to keep tabs on Amelia. As Amelia uncovers revealing facts about the Great Western Investment, Benjamin questions whether he is really loyal to his company.

An intriguing novel that will keep you on your toes and turning the pages until you know what’s going to happen. The author did a great job of drawing you in. I have enjoyed Carol Cox’s novels and look forward to seeing what novels she writes in the future.

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[Book Review] Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell

Like a Flower in Bloom

Like a Flower in Bloom

by

Siri Mitchell

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

Each Siri Mitchell novel brings a variety of entertainment. I love that all of her historical novels are based on different time periods. I have enjoyed her books very much and always look forward to her new releases.

 

Like a Flower in Bloom follows the story of Charlotte Withersby. She has assisted her botanist father for as long as she can remember and she absolutely loves her job. However, when her uncle and father decide that Charlotte needs to find a suitable husband, they hire a replacement for Charlotte. Charlotte is infuriated with not only her uncle and father, but also her father’s new assistant who seems so intent on changing up everything. Charlotte and a friend come up with a plan to get her job back but her plan seems to backfire and Charlotte finds herself with a mess of potential suitors. But who truly holds Charlotte’s heart?

 

This was not one of my favorite books by Siri Mitchell. Some of the characters kind of annoyed me – including Charlotte. However, it was very interesting learning about some of the history of botany and how so many people enjoyed it as a hobby. I loved the pictures this novel created in my mind as the flowers came to life and the smells invaded my senses. If only I had a bouquet of flowers sitting next to me as I read it!

 

Like I said, not a favorite, but this won’t turn me off of Siri Mitchell’s novels.

 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

 

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[Book Review] The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

by

Julie Klassen

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

When reading a Julie Klassen book there is one thing I know for sure – it will not disappoint me. I have yet to read a Julie Klassen book that I didn’t enjoy. The romance, the history, the mystery, the characters – they all add up to riveting tales that will captivate your heart. I have found myself speeding through each book, wanting to find out what happens next and other times slowing savoring each sentence, not wanting the story to end.

 

The Secret of Pembrooke Park was no exception to Julie Klassen’s wonderful novels. Intriguing on every page, mystery surrounding each chapter, and I loved the cast of characters Julie Klassen created.

 

When the Foster’s run into financial problems, they are forced to sell their home and find a new home to reside in. The Foster’s receive a strange invitation to stay at Pembrooke Park which hasn’t been lived in for several years. The Foster’s accept the invitation and upon arriving realize that the house has been left in disarray and there is much work to be done to make it adequate for living in. Abigail soon hears whispers and rumors of the past occupants of the manor, including a secret room and hidden treasure. These rumors intrigue Abigail and she can’t help but search for the treasure as she helps with the cleaning of the manor.

 

But it appears that Abigail is not the only one searching for the treasure as she hears strange sounds and sees mysterious shadows at night. The local curate also seems curious about Pembrooke Park and Abigail is curious to find out what kind of secrets he and his family know about the manor.

 

Every time I read a Julie Klassen novel, I know I’m going to be intrigued through the end. Just when you think you may have figured the “mystery” out, Julie Klassen throws a wrench in the road and you find yourself on a different path. I know that when I pick up a Julie Klassen novel, I am going to enjoy it no matter what. The Secret of Pembrooke Park is no exception to the magic that Julie Klassen can create. I very much enjoyed this novel, it will not disappoint you!

 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

 

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[Book Review] Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

Love Unexpected

by

Jody Hedlund

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Review:

I want to start off by saying that I have grown up going to Presque Isle, Michigan. My Grandparents have lived there since I was 3 and so I have literally grown up climbing the Presque Isle lighthouses summer after summer. Presque Isle is my second home and I absolutely loved reading this book and being able to visualize so much of it.

 

Love Unexpected is the first book in Jody Hedlund’s new Michigan lighthouse series – Beacons of Hope. I had a lot of expectations for this book since I am from Michigan and this is the lighthouse I am most familiar with – not to mention Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite authors anyway. I must say that Jody Hedlund met my expectations and more for a great story and I am so looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.

 

Love Unexpected is the story of Emma Chambers. She has never really had a place to call her home so when her steamboat sinks and she is stranded in Presque Isle, the preacher suggests she marry the recently widowed Patrick Garraty. Patrick Garraty is the lightkeeper and he needs help taking care of his young son. Emma is so excited to have her own home and family and believes nothing can make her happier. But when she hears rumors in regards to her mysterious husband, she begins to wonder who the man she married really is.

 

As always, Jody Hedlund made these characters come to life. I loved the innocence of Emma, the romantic tension between Emma and Patrick, and the mystery that surrounded Patrick’s past. And what’s not to love about sweet, little Josiah?

 

If you haven’t read Jody Hedlund’s novella, Out of the Storm, I would suggest you do so! While it will not make or break this story, it does have a special tie-in to this story that will make you appreciate it more.

 

Thank you Jody Hedlund for continuing to write wonderful stories that transport us to different times and places. I so enjoy each novel that you have written and look forward to reading many more!

 

I received a free copy of this book from the author and publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

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[Book Review] Stuck Together by Mary Connealy

Stuck Togther

by

Mary Connealy

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

When you pick up a Mary Connealy book, you know you will be in for great entertainment. Stuck Together certainly gave that. Vince has starred in the previous two books of the Trouble in Texas series but Stuck Together gives him his own story.

 

Vince is the sheriff of Broken Wheel and he’s known for not letting anything stop him. When his father, mother and sister come to town, his world is thrown upside down. His father is the same man he’s always been – a scheming crook. His mother is showing signs of dementia. His sister – wait, he didn’t even know he HAD a sister – is falling for one of his good friends.

Tina has recently arrived in Broken Wheel. She doesn’t approve of the saloon in town and she’s not afraid of voicing her opinions.

 

Vince has never seen such a pretty woman – but he can’t get her away from all her causes.

 

Stuck Together will make you laugh, smile and sigh with happiness. Mary Connealy does a great job of creating stories with humor, adventure, romance and action. I loved the double-romance story in this book and thought it was a great ending to the series.

 

I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher Bethany House through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

 

 

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[Book Review] Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund

Captured by Love

by

Jody Hedlund

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, you will know that I absolutely adore Jody Hedlund’s novels. It’s not just the romance, historical detail and intriguing plot lines that draw me in, but the fact that so many of her novels are set in Michigan (my Home :]).

 

Captured by Love is set in Mackinac Island. Mackinac Island just so happens to be one of my favorite places I’ve been to. The setting was perfect and I loved trying to picture some of the scenes in my head. Of course, the island would be much different in 1814 than when I visited in the 1990’s and 2000’s.

 

The British have overtaken Mackinac Island so American’s have to swear their loyalty in order to remain on the island. Pierre has been a fur trader for the past several years and upon returning to the island, he finds his family’s land in bad shape. His brother has run off, refusing to swear loyalty to the British, and his mother’s eyesight is failing, causing her to struggle with keeping up the farm. Pierre is torn between his trapping life and the guilt over leaving his family.

 

Angelique is at the mercy of her stepfather. Angelique longs to escape the abuse she suffers. When Pierre arrives on the island, she is torn between her loyalties. Angelique and Pierre both have tough decisions to make as they must choose between loyalties and love.

 

While Captured by Love was not my favorite novel by Jody Hedlund, it was still an intriguing novel that held my attention and kept me turning pages as fast as I could. Any of Jody Hedlund’s books are bound to be on my favorite’s list and that is definitely the case with this book. I admired both of the main characters and thought Ms. Hedlund did a fantastic job of endearing them to the reader. I am forever impatient for the next Jody Hedlund book!

 

I received a free copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

 

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[Book Review] Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell

Love Comes Calling

by

Siri Mitchell

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

In Love Comes Calling, Siri Mitchell transports us back to the Roaring 20’s in this delightful novel. Ellis can never do anything right. She constantly feels pressured by her family so Ellis plans to run away to Hollywood and pursue an acting career. But first, she needs to earn some money. When a look-alike friend asks for Ellis’s help filling in for her at work, Ellis jumps at the opportunity. But being a telephone operator is much more work than she thought.

When Ellis accidently overhears a plot to hurt a close friend of hers, she is determined to put an end to the plan.

 

While Ellis was not a favorite heroine for me, it did not distract me from the charm of the novel. I have read a few novels set in the Roaring Twenties that weren’t particular enjoyable to me but this was not the case for Love Comes Calling. I was drawn right in to Ellis and Griff’s friendship, Ellis’s clumsiness, and the suspense of a murder threat. Love Comes Calling will make you laugh, make you hold your breath, and make you sigh with happiness. Siri Mitchell has yet to disappoint me and I have greatly enjoyed each novel. As always, I look forward to reading any future novels she writes.

 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

 

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