In Love’s Journey, by author Emily Murdoch, Elizabeth Morrison inherited a large fortune. With all her family deceased except for Katherine, her missing sister, Elizabeth determined to find her. Traveling in Texas, Elizabeth comes across a beautiful derelict apple orchard, Sweet Grove. Wealthy enough to buy the orchard, she’s determined to do so. Jonathan Bryant’s family owned Sweet Grove until his father lost it to gambling debts. Jonathan’s bitter, determined to reclaim the orchard and land some day. However, Elizabeth has the money and he does not.
Knowing nothing of farming or orchards, Elizabeth comes to an agreement with Jonathan for his help. As they work closely together, Jonathan finds Elizabeth’s not a pretty doll; she’s a hard worker with success in mind. Can Jonathan over come his bitterness and disappointment to see what God has placed in front of him? My romance book review of Love’s Journey follows.
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Love’s Journey, set in 1840 Texas, captures the readers imagination immediately. Elizabeth is far different from the average woman of this time period. Independent and strong, she knows what she wants and goes after it. I loved the
In The Vengeful Groom we find Thomas Engelberg and Caroline Saget. Caroline, daughter to Ryan Saget, who ruined many fine men and their businesses with his dishonest business deals. Having nothing but mean and rude comments for Carolina when he’s not ignoring her, he’s a sad excuse for a father. Caroline seeks a way out of her torment. Placing a mail order bride ad, she wants to go west.
Thomas Engelberg father’s one of the men Saget ruined. Seeking vengeance, he answers Caroline’s mail order bride ad; saying all the things she needs to hear, he can not wait to begin his revenge against Saget by using Caroline. The proverb states, “He who seeks vengeance must dig two graves one for his enemy & one for himself.” After marrying Caroline and making her life hell, Thomas will find this proverb true. Will these two ever come together in love and happiness? Can Caroline’s love for Thomas and faith in God change Thomas for the better? Will she ever be able to forgive his horrendous treatment of her? My romance book review of The Vengeful Groom follows.
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Oh my, what a short story Shae created. Although short stories and novellas can not develop the characters or story-line in the depth of the their parent, the novel, Shae packed this short story with emotion. I felt so sorry for Caroline I almost cried. Living a life of subjugation, discouragement, and belittling, she thought she had found her knight in shining armor. However, Caroline finds continuation of her earlier life. Carolina never lost her faith in God’s goodness; praying for Thomas daily. Hoping for her happy ever after dream to come true.
I really did not like Thomas for most of this book. Shae demonstrates what the thirst for vengeance will do to a person, for in the end you hurt only yourself as Thomas finds out; vengeance never helps anyone. She also demonstrated how we, as children of God, can become lost in our own situation and leave God behind. However, he’s just waiting for us to ask for his help. Does this book have a happy ever after, you will have to read the book to find out.
Finally, in concluding my romance book review of The Vengeful Groom, I found a well-developed story and characters, with pacing correct for the length of the book. A clean sweet romance packed with emotion, I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend.
In Heart On The Line by author Karen Witemeyer, we find Grace Mallory telegraph operator, on the run after her father is murdered; she lands in Harper’s Station. Continuing to work as a telegraph operator, she begins dotting and dashing with Amos Bledsoe. As their friendship grows so do their feelings for each other. When notified the villain who murdered her father has found her, Grace knows she has to tell the town; for evil is on the way. Grace anguishes over the fact they might be in jeopardy.
Amos is not very handsome and rides a bicycle rather than a horse. He’s seen as an oddity to the women in his community; he wants Grace would see him as a man worth knowing and possibility loving. Will he rush to Grace’s side or stay in his quite safe town? What will Grace see when she first lays eyes on Amos? My romance book review of Heart On The Line follows.
Witemeyer’s characters live in an all woman town, Harper’s Station; the sheriff and goods transporter the only men allowed. I loved how the town, filled with women, supported and loved each other as family. What a unique and original job Whitimeyer gave Grace. Whitimeyer included the inequity of pay and positions for women during this time period.
What began as after work telegraph conversation with a telegraph operator, Amos, became much more. It was wonderful how well they communicated. When Amos rushed to Grace’s aid, I knew he was keeper. Far from the brawny cowboys of the west, Amos wears glasses and a suit and is insecure as the woman of his town always overlooked him for the handsome cowboys in the area. Amos is the perfect match for Grace; a knight in shining armor who will stand and protect whose who he loves. He was exactly what Grace needed.
Each woman in town has a story, some of brutal abuse; Helen was abused by her father and hates all men. She has many issues to resolve. That is until she meets the man God has designed for her. Her story’s heartbreaking, however, God has his hands on the controls ready to give Helen what she desires if only she will accept him.
Witemeyer has many plot threads to bring together which she did skillfully. A well-written story with well-developed characters, highlighting their faith in God and his goodness, the pace of story never slowed or bogged down. With an original story-line and realistic likeable characters, I found myself immersed in the story and sorry to say goodbye to the citizens of Harper’s Station. I hope Witemeyer has several more books involving the ladies of Harper’s Station. Including humor and mystery along with romance, the reader will find there’s never a dull moment in Harper’s Station.
In Memoir A Testimony Volumes 1 and 2, Beth Durkee outlines her early life of trials and faith. In Memory of Miracles, the reader meets a fascinating girl who grows into a strongfaith based young woman facing crisis’ with courage. From teen pregnancy to many strokes, brain surgeries, short-term memory loss, and double vision, Durkee retained a faith in the Lord few have.
Raised by a calm Catholic father and an exuberant religious mother, Beth knew church and God from an early age. But not spiritually, this would come later as she realized God always has a plan, hears and answers our prayers when in line with his will, and sometimes his plans take years for completion. The Lord had his hand on her life, orchestrating the events which could have killed her, without his intervention.
The crisis’ Durkee endured will make the reader cry and her faith in God uplifts the reader. With God directing events, which a non believer will believe coincidence, Beth recognizes the work of God. This is an up lifting volume proving the handy work of God
In a Heart Made For Love, Linda Tillis crafted a clean romance novel filled with emotion. Set in Florida during the early 1900’s, we find Mae Hinton facing a tragedy no woman should have to face. Assaulted by a group of men, Mae must face the evil of the world head on. Not one to lay down and quit, Mae’s determined to survive and fulfill her dreams.
Although her mother died years before, Mae’s family lives by her teachings. With brothers Samuel and Cyrus, her father Garth, and her mother’s principles, this family’s united in love of each other and of God.
After, “the event” occurred, Mae’s determination to provide for abused and victimized women takes a strong grip on Mae. Mae’s determined to provide shelter and training. Today we would call this project a woman’s shelter with vocational training. Meanwhile, Mae meets and comes to love Edward Finch, doctor in training. Edward, training in England and home for a visit. does not know what hit him upon meeting beautiful Mae.
Circumstances occur which allow Mae to realize her dream. But at what cost? Will Mae’s happy world comes tumbling apart? The past has reared its ugly head, and Mae will have to decide how to handle the
They ran from evil, horror, and murder. They ran until they reached Peaceful; will evil stalk them again in this quaint little town? Have they run far enough and fast enough to out run Sam Oligee, evil incarnate? This book will keep you up long into the night reading!
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Michael Fremont’s mother killed herself in front of him, forcing him into the foster care system. Abused physically and emotionally, his only saving grace is meeting the shy,
I have never read a book with so much human anguish and so much hope. Author Karen Wiesner created a story that is so real it is scary. I have lived this story through a close relative. Thank you Ms Wiesner for bringing this illness to the attention of the public through this wonderful thought-
Annie Boone has penned a sweet tale of Charity Barnesdale and Eli Smallwood. Each children of parsons. Charity is the third daughter in The Parson’s Daughters Series. Eli is the son of Pastor Smallwood, parson of Charity’s church in San José.
Mutual attraction is instantly felt by Annie and Eli when they meet for the first time at Hope’s wedding. Charity is deeply devoted to her Lord, his work, and her church. Eli has just graduated from Seminary School and returned home to learn more under his fathers guidance. He will receive notice of Church placement shortly. Charity is frightened of love, the possibility of Eli leaving her behind, or the possibility he might ask her to leave her family.
Martha Cade is the midwife for Trinity; the last in her family to take up the midwife skills. She is capable, strong, independent, and has great faith in God. She has her daughter Victoria back in Trinity, her son Oliver is doing well up North, her long ago love at her side Thomas Dillon, her duties as midwife, and wonderful friends.
But there is trouble in paradise. Thomas is making demands she can not abide, Victoria is sneaking
By Susan Davis Paige, Vickie McDonough, Susanne Dietze, Nancy J. Farrier, Miralee Ferrel, Davalynn Spender, Becca Whitham, Jaime Jo Wright.
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This is a wonderful collection of western romance stories of strength, love, romance, adversity, and faith in God. Each author is talented in story-crafting, plotting, and development. These stories are so well written and developed, if you did not know you were reading 9 different authors, you would think one author wrote the stories contained in this book. The authors are in harmony with each other in regard to writing style
Whether you married for love or other reasons, read on to find 9 stories of marriage before love.
This is a wonderful collection of romance.
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This collection of nine stories are unique in that the romance does not start until after the marriage takes place. Each is penned by a talented author and you will spend wonderful hours immersing yourself in this clean romance collection.
Each is a unique story of love after marriage and the problems that each must solve to reach a solid firm foundation for their marriage. The authors had the plot, pacing and development of the characters spot on. This book will leave you wanting more.
The Substitute Bride by Angela Bell
This story is a different take on the story book “The Ugly Duckling”, and