Jay Wilson advertised for a mail order bride. A strong cowboy, a little shy and uncertain, Jay met Millie Tacker when she arrived from back East. Millie’s left New York, where the men only wanted a beautiful woman on their arm, escaping an overly demanding employer, and clients who treated her like a servant; she’s looking for a better life, security, and love. However, as they say, there’s a worm in apple in the form of Frank Harris. Will he steal Millie away from when Jay disappears without a word?
ALICE AND THE TEXAS LAW MAN
Sheriff for three months in the town of Sherwood, James “Jim” Brooks, is thinking he’s ready to retire from the life of law enforcement and all it entails. A former Texas Ranger, he has seen the worse man offers. Lonely, Jim began contemplating settling down with a mail order bride. Alice Sims came to Sherwood as the mail order bride for James; they married the same day. Alice is a strong determined woman who does not hold back and does not mind speaking her mind. James has always been in control. A rocky road looms ahead for these two strong independent people; they find marriage a complicated business. As well as, a past evil which comes gunning for James.
After Addison’s boyfriend turned out to be a cheater, she has been in a dating slump; staying away the dating scene and all the emotional turmoil it entails. Roommate and friend Clare’s determined to drag Addison back into the world of dating, even if it’s kicking and screaming. Clare has someone in mind for Addison who would make her the perfect boyfriend and possibly love interest.
Although an author can not develop a book with the depth of its parent, the novel, Audra Bell skillfully wove an interesting and entertaining story. I could feel Addison’s dejection, as well as, her budding interest in Michael. However, diving back into the dating game can be stressful for all concerned. Addison and Michael had past relationships which did not end well and were leery of involvement. However, with conveniently missed trips and no shows by Clare, Addison and Michael find themselves together more and more. I guessed Clare had a hand in all the convenient meetings. Does Clare have a budding career as a matchmaker? Perhaps, we will have to wait and see.
Mollie Wright’s life has been rough and tough; from living on the street with her drunkard mother and never do well half-brother to dumpster diving for food. Finally, everything’s falling into place. She’s worked hard at bookkeeping to buy her first home, Lilac Cottage, from sisters, Genevieve and Alma. Hiding from her past, she starts a new life in Lilac Cottage.
When a legal snafu puts her ownership of Lilac Cottage at risk, Mollie comes out fighting. With pro bono attorney services of Emily Rogers, known as the “Shark” in her heyday, things warm up in Grady Cove. The sister’s nephew, Sean Grady’s, determined to oust Mollie from her home. Mollie’s determined not to go. Come along on a fun-filled romp as Mollie and Sean match wits in this match of ownership and romance. My contemporary inspirational romance book reviews follows.
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Jenna Victoria created two vastly different people in Mollie and Sean. You know the saying: “Opposites attract”? Mollie and Sean feel an instant attraction both try to ignore. Mollie’s a strong character; looking for the American dream of security, love, family, and a home. Creating a small town atmosphere with welcoming neighbors, typical small town attitudes of caring, and a variety of personalities, Victoria, crafted wonderful secondary characters who enriched the story line.
With past relationship issues, strict work ethics, and principles, Sean’s character will make you laugh, as well as, bring sadness. Giving Sean a battle he’s loosing on all fronts, Victoria then added a crisis or two; a mysterious time limited codicil, a theft, a never do well, heart breaking accusations, life changing realizations, and a few surprises.
Victoria had more than a few plot lines in Love Among The Lilacs, which she skillfully wove together to form a solid romancebook. Jenna Victoria‘s scenes transitioned smoothly throughout the book providing an easy to follow multi layered story. With a satisfying and sigh worthy ending, I closed this book, looking forward to more from author Jenna Victoria.
I found Jenna Victoria‘s writing clear and easy to follow with well-developed characters. The plot has several layers which grab and hold the reader‘s attention in this short fast paced romance. Suitable for anyone who enjoys a sweetcleanromance, Love Among Lilacs‘ is perfect for a lazy afternoon read. I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend.
LOVE AMONG THE LILACS RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
As a romance book reviews bloggers and reviewer, I am supposed to tell you what I did not like about Love Among The Lilacs, however, I can honestly say, I found no negatives.
In Western Song, Weston Beaudurant’s friend and employee, Cody, seemed a simple man; a rodeo clown with simple needs. However, after his death, Weston finds there’s more to Cody than he imagined. Wynona Vasquez, friend and attorney, meets with Weston, his sister Olive, and her husband, Jeb, after the funeral. They are in for a big surprise. Cody has a mail order bride from Thailand coming in on the evening train. No one knew Cody was thinking of marrying nor that he had saved a large amount of money. Weston finds himself meeting Cody’s fiancée, Song Phan-Rang at the train station.
A sadder sight no one has ever seen. Water logged and dripping, Song stands waiting for a fiancé who will never show. Weston will find a very determined woman in Song’s small body. Determined to live in Cody’s small cold cabin, she will not take no for an answer. For Song came to America for freedom from cages which surrounded her in Thailand; wanting more from life than Thailand would allow. So begins the journey of Song and Weston as they forge ahead with life. Song wants freedom, Weston wants to run his ranch and bull ride; but fate has much in store for these two. As well as, a small town in turmoil and controversy.
One an American by birth, the other wants to be an American by choice. Will fate bring together two very different people from diverse backgrounds? An epic drama of conflicts, prejudices, and love. My contemporary romance book review of Western Song follows.
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First let me say, my poor skills as a writer and reviewer will not do this heart grabbing, powerful epic, justice. From the first pages I immediately knew this book would tear out my heart. At times so sad I cried, others so frustrated with Weston I wanted to scream, I couldn’t put this book down. Leigh Podgorski created a fast paced tale with many levels and layers, which leaves the reader awed and begging for more.
Filled with yearnings for freedom from prejudice, poverty, and oppression, along with an epic love story, Leigh Podgorski grabs the reader and does not let go. Then add in the guilt Weston carries, the unsung love of another, the drama of the controversy taking over this small town, and the fight to survive, gives you have a story the reader will not quickly forget.
Leslie Malone just received her finalized divorce papers which divide her former life into bits and pieces. Her teaching position’s in summer recess and her daughters in Paris. Now summer looms lonely and long ahead of her. She decides to take a road trip to the beach in South Carolina. A place she loved as a child. Driving from Pennsylvania to Pawley Island, Leslie hopes to find peace; she prays for God‘s protection and guidance. Leslie’s faith in God, will lead her on an awesome journey through Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, to her final destination in South Carolina. A journey of enlightenment, peace, and discovery.
Hank Harrison’s a quite man who has carried a heavy burden; for years he has withheld forgiveness. Unable to forgive his son for deeds which cost Hank everything, he’s ask God‘s help. Meeting Leslie, Hanks knows God has answered his prayers with her appearance in his life.
Neither of these two are looking for a relationship. However, God has set in motion a divine plan of redemption. All they need do is listen and follow God’s message. My inspirationalromance book review of Roadtrip To Redemption follows.
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In book 1 of the Pawleys Island Paradise series, Roadtrip To Redemption, Laurie Larsen created a story of two hurting people who need to heal. Creating characters who suffered deep emotional trauma, Larsen fully developed each to their full potential. Through this powerful story of middle age love, forgiveness for past crimes, and renewal of spirit, Larson shows how the mighty hand of God will enrich our lives if we allow him to complete his work without interference.
The Baron In Bath, a Regency romance, features Julie Bellevue and Godwin Gruger, Baron of Fawkland. Julie’s an absolute horror at the society whirl. She’s out spoken, never says the correct thing, blurts out what’s on her mind, and she’s tall as an amazon, as well as, awkward and insecure. Tales, rumors, and gossip, persist and never died of her parentage; increasing her insecurities.
After her father’s death, Julie finds he’s betrothed her to Godwin Gruger, Baron of Fawkland. Gossips say he’s a rake and produced bastards numbering from one to twenty-five, depending on who recounting the tale; the gossip flies across society and the ton endlessly. The terms of her inheritance, tied to marrying Godwin, breaks her heart; she’ll lose her beloved home in Bath if the marriage does not take place.
Julie and her sister, Jane, travel to Bath to meet her future intended; who’s the brother of her childhood confident and friend Cedric. In a flurry of parties, dances, and social events, Julie finds she still does not fit in with the idea of the Regency woman; she’s out spoken, far from graceful, an amazon in a jungle of beautiful petite ladies, and insecure. Julie finds herself torn between two battling brothers. Her friend from the past or Godwin, her father’s choice of husband, into whose hands will Julie decide to place her future? Or will she surprise everyone and choose another gentleman? My Regencyromance book reviews of The Baron In Bath follows.
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Oh my, what a wonderful tale of love, jealousy, envy, and romance, Isabella Thorne created for us in The Baron In Bath. With a variety of characters, we get to see our favorites from earlier books and glimpse into their lives. The twist and turns and revelations in this book kept coming as Throne led us through her Regency tale.
STORY-LINE HAVEN ON THE RIVERWALK BY EILEEN CRUZ COLEMAN:
Maggie’s on the run from her life in New York. Missing her bus in Soloman’s Island, unsure what she’s going to do, she found a hero in Dustin. Dustin, the small community of Soloman’s Island, and Dustin’s sister, give Maggie has a second chance at life. At the speed of lightning, Dustin and Maggie fall for each other. But Maggie’s past does not stay in the past as it comes back to haunt her. My romance book reviews of Haven On The Riverwalk follows.
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Although a short story of 48 pages, I found Haven On The Riverwalk a satisfying romance filled with danger and mystery. Authors can not develop in-depth characters or story-lines in a short story as they can in a novel. Everything, including the ending, in a short story or novella happens quickly without the slow and full development of a novel. However, Coleman did a good job with premise, structure, and plot with this romance. I found the plot and mystery intriguing, the suspense held at high peak,
Maria Kay takes starring role in Lady Likes The Lord. Known as the good sister, Maria has secrets. If only the Ton knew the real Maria. Finally deciding to take a husband, Maria sets her sights on Cole Leverton, Lord Marion; Cole has loved Maria for years. Now the time is right and she’s ready to break the Kay-Abbey curse. She refuses to follow her sisters and marry an Abbey, especially Edmund.
Edmund does not want love and refuses to fall under its spell as his brothers did. However, he will have Maria, she is his and he intents to make her his wife. But fate has much in store for Maria and Edmund. Adventure, action, romance, and secrets swirling around Regency London, awaits the reader in Lady Likes The Lord. My Regencyromance book reviews follows.
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Set in 1832, Regency England, Meyers latest addition to the Abbey Brothers Series, Lady Likes The Lord, grabbed me immediately. With Meyers vivid descriptions, I could see the fancy ballrooms and all the Ton dressed to impress. As well as, see the back street taverns including the low life and criminal elements, almost smell the horse-flesh, and felt Edmund’s frustration. The criminal element Meyers crafted for Lady Likes The Lord, made my skin crawl. A truly evil man without conscience or a sense of right and wrong. Filling her tale with emotion, action, and secrets, I read this book straight through as I could not put it down. I was back with old friends from the earlier books, learning the latest in their lives, and loving every minute spent with them. I lovebooks with recurring characters; the Kay sisters and the Abbey brothers never fail to entertain.
STORY-LINE THE PASTOR’S REPLACEMENT BRIDE BY GEORGE H. MCVEY:
Pastor Joshua Bryce has a problem in The Pastor’s Replacement Bride. The deacons of the church want him married and settled. With Mayor’s Lyman’s daughter determined to become his wife, he needs a suitable bride quickly. Joshua knows Ernestine Lyman’s totally unsuitable for a pastor’s wife as she’s selfish, without a helper’s heart, and looking for the prestige of his pastoral office.
Meanwhile the churches Ladies Aid Society, led by Myrtle, come to him with a proposal to provide brides for the eligible, up standing, church going bachelors in Sanctuary, Montana Territory. With brides scarce in the west, and only 2 eligible women in Sanctuary, they suggest sending to church pastors back east for good Christian women to correspond; hoping to obtain Christianbrides. After prayer and counsel with God, Joshua agrees and adds he will be one of the participating bachelors.
In Chicago, Hattie Long’s an orphan; raised in a local orphanage. Indentured in service to the orphanage and sent to a local brothel as a cook and servant, when she turns twenty-one the orphanage will release her from bondage. However, the brothel owner, Papa John, has plans to use Hattie in his brothel as soon as she turns twenty-one?. Unable to find a job, Hattie approaches Pastor Long and his daughter, Haddie, explaining her situation. She and Haddie share almost the same first name and the same last name; they have a very close relationship of friends and almost sisters.
Haddie corresponded with Joshua as a potential bride; she and Hattie will go west before the nefarious brothel owner, Papa John, can do his worse. Joshua decides he can not let this young innocent be used in such a way. With monies Nugget Nate, famous rescuer of indigent and down on their luck women left him, he pays her way west; monies left with instructions he would know when to use it. However, Haddie, sick with scarlet fever’s unable to make the trip; she sends Hattie on to safety.
STORY-LINE SLOW BURN IN THE WILDERNESS BY RENEE HART:
Alaska’s on fire in Slow Burn In The Wilderness. Trevor, a smoke jumper from Boise, arrives as the rookie in camp where he finds Jo the crew chief’s not a man, but definitely a female. A female who affects him as one never has. However, Trevor has secrets. He left Boise under a cloud he does not want to talk about.
Josie, has never had a fellow crew member affect her as Trevor. Her heart beats faster when he’s around. But they have a job to do, one that’s dangerous and deadly. Josie’s worried about the fire, bears, her twin brother who’s on the team, and her smoke jumper father who taught her all she knows; she tried to ignore the fact he’s older and slower working the fires. She has her hands full with just the fires. She doesn’t need a romantic interest to gum up the works even more. Also, Josie’s unsettled about this new comer, can he fit in with this top-notch crew of fire fighting smoke jumpers? What is Trevor hiding? So much more’s happening in this book than fighting fires; relationships, family dynamics, and secrets. My romance book review of Slow Burn In The Wilderness follows.
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A sweet romance set in Alaska, Slow Burn In The Wilderness describes the danger smoke jumpers face everyday as these tight-knit men and women work to contain deadlyfires. A serious job in which attention can not waver. One mistake or miscalculation can cost life’s.
I loved the way Hart danced Trevor and Jo around each other; each denying the attraction they felt from their first meeting. Hart
In Donna’s Detour, Jo Huddleston crafted a sweet and clean romance fiction novel. Donna Turner and two friends head to California; leaving Alabama behind for the big city lights. However, when Donna runs out of money, fate steps in. Donna’s left in Needles, California to find a job, earn money, and continue her trip. Finding a God sent protector in the boss of the local café, Donna hires on as a waitress. Meanwhile, she saves her money to proceed to California.
When Tommy walks into the café on a hot dusty day, Donna’s heart uplifts. Donna measures all men by Tommy. He is Godly, handsome, sweet, and all manner of wonderful traits. Will Tommy remember his best friends sister? What were the chances Tommy would walk into the dinner in Needles? What will be Tommy’s reaction if Donna reveals her feelings? Will they forge a deeper emotional relationship? What does God have in store for Donna and Tommy?
First let me state, what a relaxing fun read I found in Donna’s Detour. Written with young adults and adults in mind, this book is clean and sweet. I found Donna and Tommy’s faith touching and enriching. This Christian romance will warm your heart.
Author Jo Huddleston crafted a smooth well-written book. The story-line moved gracefully from chapter to chapter as we came to know Tommy and Donna. Furthermore, the character development proceeded throughout the story-line as we find Tommy and Donna have great faith in God and his guidance for their lives. The story-line has just the right amount of religious elements for believability without pushing the reader. As a result, you need not be religious to enjoy this novel.
A Contemporary Christian Romance (Magnolia Harbor Book 1)
STORY-LINE HOPE’S BAKERY BY SOPHIE MAYS:
In Hope’s Bakery, single mother Hope Nolan, owns Hope’s Bakery; the only one of its kind in her small town. Hope’s life has not been easy as her son father’s left without a word and never seen again. Since then, Hope stayed away from her church, using work as an excuse. Often her mother tries to persuade Hope to attend and reconnect with her church family.
So far, the bakery’s doing well; she’s known around town as the “The Wedding Cake Queen”. If things continue to go well, in six months, Hope can hire a helper which will free up much-needed time for her. With her small son to support, her bakery needs to succeed. Watching every penny, doing all the work herself, and worrying if the orders will keep coming, Hope lives with daily stress.
However, disaster looms on the horizon. A new restaurant’s opening up across the street serving deserts and coffee, as well as, meals. The chef’s extensively trained in Italy; which scares Hope to death. If her bakery goes under, what will she do? How will she support Rylan? Meeting the chef, Michael, she feels attraction immediately. But, she has no time for men or romance. However, Michael will not go away; coming to the bakery every morning for coffee and sweets. How will all this play out? Will love bloom for Hope? My romance book review of Hope’s Bakery follows.
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First I must say I loved this book which author, Sophie Mays, filled with emotion and family dynamics. Mays built the romance in Hope’s Bakery gently and slowly. The reader discovers Michael’s a Christian man searching for forever; not heated emotions of the moment. With Christianvalues and faith in God, he gently shows Hope a better way of business and life. Including Rylan’s a skillful stroke as he’s a wonderful child. I wanted to kiss him all over his face and tickle him until he cried for help.
The lead story shares the same name as the title; The Amish Best Friends. A wonderful buy with bonus content of 20 stories; for a total of 1708 page. A great deal for any reader who lovesAmish and Christianromances at a surprising low costs of .99. A cleansweetbook suitable for anyone, you will love these stories. I chose to review the lead story, TheAmish Best Friends.
STORY-LINE THE AMISH BEST FRIENDS BY KATIE FISHER:
In the lead story,The Amish Best Friends, Hannah Zook teaches school in Orthause, Pennsylvania. Devout and dedicated to the Amish way of life, when Mennonite Eli Reimer wants to marry her, she’s thrown into a quarry. For Eli demands she join his church, forsaking her Amish church.
When Ezekiel Miller’s murdered, the Englisch, investigating the murder, send Jacob King and his partner to the Amish community. Jacob left the Amish after his rumspringa, becoming a law enforcement officer. Hannah comforts Ezekiel’s wife, Martha, who’s the prime suspect and eventually arrested. As far as Hannah’s concerned, he has arrested the wrong person. She decides to start her own investigation with her best friend Abram Wittmer by her side. My Amishromance book review follows.
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I found this story well-written and entertaining. Fisher created a first class romancesuspensemystery. Her writing is clear, concise, and easy to follow, as well as, containing scenes which transition smoothly. Fisher keep the mystery and suspense at high peak and did not reveal the murderer until the last possible moment. With several suspects, I did not guess the correct culprit.
A Christmas Surprise by author Emily Murdoch, finds the reader back in Regency England. Lord Robert, Viscount of Marchwood is holding his annual Christmas Ball in Scotland. Sending invitation to all the ton élite, Marchwood’s presenting his 18 year-old daughter, Audrey, to society. Raised by the widowed Viscount, Audrey formed an unusual closeness to the servants, including her father’s valet, Thomas. As well as, a close bond with her father, who adores her.
With rumors flying of the empty Marchwood coffers, it makes for an interesting party. Leaving Audrey in charge of the ball, she decides on a masquerade, where she meets a handsome, tall, attractive gentleman. With his identity masked, Audrey has no idea, who has stolen her heart. How will Audrey discover her maskedlove‘s name? Who can he be? With the coffers empty, who will win Audrey’s hand and love? Will her father approve of the unknown gentlemen? My reviews for romance novel, Christmas Surprise, follows.
A Christmas Surprise by author Emily Murdoch, takes place in the cold winter of Scotland. Making it hard for the guest to travel
STORY-LINE FAVORITE COFFEE FAVORITE MISTAKE BY VICTORIA PINDER:
In Favorite Coffee Favorite Mistake, the reader finds two lovers torn apart years ago. Sandra Marshall and Wyatt meet again on-board Penny’s weddingcruise. Sandra, as wedding planner, must see all goes well; hoping to transition from former wedding shop owner to wedding planner as a result of her supervision and planning. Wyatt, along with his small daughter, are on-board for the wedding. Both mothers, of the bride and groom, I would graciously describe as mothers from hell.
After Wyatt left Sandra, his high school love, he married and had a daughter. However, there is much more to this story. Sandra and Wyatt not only have to see the wedding goes off without disruption, but resolve issues from the past. My reviews for romance novel, Favorite Coffee Favorite Mistake, follows.
In Wildfire by author Emma Harper, the reader finds a sweetwesternromance which includes bonus content of 15 other stories. In the first story, Wildfire, we find Clara Southerby. Clara’s looking for adventure, not marriage to a cruel old man, Sheldon Niles. Niles doesn’t want Clara for herself, but as a brood mare he can control and use for his unseemly desires. Thinking he can force marriage upon Clara, she foils him by running to the western states. As a result, Niles not to be made a fool, sends his henchmen after her.
At the end of her journey, the first person Clara meets is handsome Captain Jason Halerow. He’s the darling of all the ladies. Meanwhile, telling a small lie to get the job she needs, Clara’s lie will come back to haunt her. Clara, no simpering miss, hired as ranch foreman for the Holmes Ranch, finds her niche. Independent, fierce, and strong, will Clara and Jason manage to forge a relationship? Will Niles henchmen tear Clara’s from her new happy life? My reviews for romance novel, Wildfire, follows.
The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation’s a clean sweet romance between two independent strong people. Lady Amelia Pembroke manages things, from her brother’s household to persuading Viscount Benedict Sheffield his annual Christmas party must go on. For Amelia has decided to choose her future husband from the attendees using Debrett’s Peerage. She sets out to manage Lord Benedict Sheffield the way she manages everything, like a tiny general in charge of Her Majesties troops.
After lightning and subsequent fire destroy the ballroom, Sheffield’s determined to forgo the Christmas party for much-needed rest and relaxation. Amelia’s determined to manage him into changing his mind for
Finding You At Christmas is a clean sweet inspirational romance novel by Kristin Wallace. Set in Shellwater Key Florida, just before Christmas, Janie Worthy, is oh so worthy. Janie is the sister everyone wants. Hard working, responsible, ready at a moments notice to step in, and always the one called on to head the latest project. She is so worthy. However, Janie wants a life. At the wrong end of 39, she wants a man to call her own, a family and the happy ever after everyone else has.
At 17 years old Janie stepped in as the mother of the family and helped her father, the local Reverend. Meanwhile, her life has passed her by. Deciding to grab life by the horns, Janie heads out on a blind date orchestrated by her older sister. Fate steps in and the rest is history.
When her car gives up the ghost, Janie is standing on the side of road when around the corner comes Bikerguy. Handsome, gorgeous and mannerly, Bikerguy AKA Caleb Montgomery, lights a flame deep
In Conjesero, Kevin Russell, homicide detective with the San Francisco Police Department, has caught the most infamous serial killer since Manson, the Hail Mary rapist. It was an arduous investigation but he gets his second wind when he receives a call from his best friend Paul Richardson. Paul has a flat tire and needs Kevin to come to his aid. Before Kevin can reach Paul, a monster out of deep and dark nightmares, almost kills him. Rushed to the hospital and treated by Dr. Wendy Davis, his injuries will heal physically, however emotional healing will take time. Telling Kevin what attacked him, leaves Kevin wondering about his