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Music Of Her Heart By Sophie Dawson

 

Christian Historical Fiction

(Stones Creek Ladies of Sanctuary House) Book 2

Music Of Her Heart
Music Of Her Heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE MUSIC OF HER HEART BY SOPHIE DAWSON

In Music Of Her Heart, the reader finds Red Dickerson’s staying in a line-shack on Hawk’s Wing Ranch.  After the break up of his engagement to Laura, he needed to review his life and think.  The boss gave him orders to also look out for the King Gang.  An evil group terrorizing the countryside, kidnapping women, stealing, and killing, they live like animals.

When Red finds a frightened and soaked Gema Volkovichna running in the icy rain, she reveals her escape from of the King Gang.  As ice turns to snow, trapped in the line-shack for three days, Red takes care of Gema.  Even though he knows he has sealed their fate by caring for Gema alone, Red takes his responsibility seriously.  Marriage will be the only option open to Red and Gema.  Forced into marriage, will Gema and Red come to care for one another?   Will love grow and bloom? My romance book reviews of Music Of Her Heart follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Sophie Dawson, once again, created a lovely romance for her readers.  Continuing with the Sanctuary House series, Red Dickerson and Gema Volkovichna feature in Music Of Her Heart.  Of course, we meet all our old friends from earlier books, catching up on their lives along with possible romances for future books.

I did not like Red in the earlier books.  However, Dawson matured and broadened his character in Music Of Her Heart, creating a knight in shining armor I found Red dependable, capable, respectful, and striving to do the right thing.  He’s a good man who finally meets the woman God created for him.

Imagine marrying a man because you spent innocent days and nights in his care.  Gema found herself in this position and quickly married to Red.  Social rules of this time forced marriages if a man and woman spent time alone.  Even though married too beautiful young Gema, Red’s thinks he too old for her.  He felt she could not possibly want an “old zeezer” of thirty-four.  Dawson crafted a lovely woman in Gema who’s determined to get her man.  Limited English skills, do not stop Gemma from having her way with Red.  Dawson did not rush Red and Gemma into love.  Instead, she slowly developed their feelings for each other.  Also, Gema has hidden talents which Dawson revealed in a timely manner.  After you read the book, you will understand the meaning of the title.

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An Unexpected Afterlife By Dan Sofer

 

The Dry Bones Society Book 1

An Unexpected Afterlife
An Unexpected Afterlife

 

 

 AWARD WINNING AUTHOR DAN SOFER

An Unexpected Afterlife recently won a silver medal at the Readers’ Favorite 2017 Book Awards

 

 

 

STORY-LINE AN UNEXPECTED AFTERLIFE BY DAN SOFER:

Moshe Karlin’s life has taken an unusual turn.  After waking up naked and alone in the Mount of Olives Cemetery, Moshe thinks it’s the day after his birthday party.  However, he finds two years have passed, and unbelievably he was dead and buried.  Unable to understand what has happened, he consults with his local advisor, Rabbi Yosef.  Rabbi Yosef has an entirely different take on Moshe’s resurrection

Moshe finds he has lost his wife to his best friend and business partner, lost his home, and the business he worked to build is failing.  Meanwhile, as a mysterious prophet heads to the cemetery, everything changes in the blink of an eye; a man who thinks he’s someone he could not possibly be.  Or could he?

Come with Moshe as he travels a road of enlightenment, danger, and controversy.  My book reviews of An Unexpected Afterlife follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Dan Sofer created an original, tantalizing, and intriguing drama in An Unexpected Afterlife.  Filled with fascinating facts of the Jewish faith, I found myself enthralled.  I have always wondered about the culture, practices, and worship of the Jewish religionSofer answered an array of my questions.  With vivid descriptions and skillful prose, Sofer grabbed me immediately and did not let go.

Sofer introduced a tantalizing concept through Rabbi Yosef of the valley of dry bones, the Resurrection of the Dead, the Prophet Elijah, and revelation of the Messiah.  If you are not familiar with Ezekiel 37, I partially quoted from the King James Version of the Bible below;  for more extensive reading see the above chapter in the Bible or on the internet.

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Second Chances For Trampled Hearts By Shoshanna Gabriel

 

Sweet Inspirational Cowboy Romance

Second Chances For Trampled Hearts
Second Chances For Trampled Heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE SECOND CHANCES FOR TRAMPLED HEARTS BY SHOSHANNA GABRIEL:

In Miami, Allie has a dream of owning her own diner.  Bill’s Uncle Fred owned a diner;  after his death, Bill inherited the diner and closed it down.  Deciding to reopen the diner on a 50/50 partnership, he will fund all the repairs and renovations, and the partner will handle the day-to-day operation.  Allie and Bill email back and forth;  becoming close friends and a partnership’s formed.

Allie invested every cent she had in the partnership.  With rent due, she heads across the country to Bear Creek Saddle, Idaho and Bill.  However, she’s arriving almost out of gas, down to her last few pennies, and two weeks early.   To say their first meeting did not go well would be an understatement.  Allie can not afford to back out of the deal at this point, but upon seeing the run down nasty diner, sparks fly between Bill and Allie.

God has a plan for these two broken people.  With faith, love, and God on their side, Allie and Bill could have something beautiful.  Will they grab on and not let go?  My inspirational romance book reviews of Second Chances For Trampled Hearts follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Shoshanna Gabriel created a firecracker of a story in Second Chances For Trampled Hearts.  The sparks fly around Bill and Allie as they square off. Sparks of attraction, disappointment, and anger.  I loved Bill’s characters; his dry humor was so much like my son-in-law.  Allie’s always primed and ready to explode at the drop of a hat.  What a feisty woman!  When she goes off on Bill, which she did over and over, I laughed and giggled.  My husband would never stand still for what Allie dished out to Bill.

Each had their own point of view.  Allie did not hesitate telling Bill what she thought;  she had a  dream of what the diner could become.  Each had strong opinions, and they butted heads often.  Bill’s determined to have his way while Allie’s determined to bring him around to her way of thinking;  making the reader wonder if a compromise is in their vocabulary.  I loved watching them spar and dance around each other.  Also, I loved that Shoshanna Gabriel gave Bill and Allie morals and standards.  It was terrific to find they would go no further than kissing unless united in marriage.

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A Mother’s Faith By Madison Grace

 

A Mother's Faith
A Mother’s Faith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Mother’s Faith has the main story and 19 more bonus stories; plus Amazon Number 1 Seller “A Run-Away Bride”.  What a deal for lovers of romance.  I chose to review A Mother’s Faith.

STORY-LINE A MOTHER’S FAITH BY MADISON GRACE:

Bridget Johnson’s mother-in-law, Harriet Johnson, hates her because she’s Irish;  never a good word to say to her or the children.  When her husband’s killed in the line of duty as Sheriff, she’s alone and desperate.  Mrs. Johnson threw her and the children out of her mansion, leaving them almost destitute and sleeping in barns.  Knowing this is only a temporary solution, Bridget answers a mail order bride ad and heads west to Wyoming and Hank Dawson;   who’s seeking someone to help on his farm and pull their weight.

However, prejudice exist everywhere;  in the West the Indians are the recipients of everyone hatred.  Hank has nothing good to say about the Indians, making Bridget wonder if she will ever escape prejudice.  As they face a crisis, will Hank and Bridget’s marriage survive?  My romance book review of A Mother’s Faith follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Madison Grace‘s A Mother’s Faith is a story of second chances, prejudice, faith, and family.  Giving Bridget a nurturing personality, faith, and determination, Grace created exactly what Hank needs in his life.  Hank’s a stand-offish man, who seems to stand apart from Bridgett and the children.  However, Bridgett’s determined to forge a family unite.

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Love’s Prayer By Melissa Storm

 

Love's Prayer
Love’s Prayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LOVE’S PRAYER BY MELISSA STORM:

Ben Davis’ life is never the same after his brother killed himself.  He sets all his dreams and ambitions aside to care for his mother.  At twenty-six,  he’s a delivery boy and stocker for the local grocery.  Far from what he had planned for his life, Ben’s depressed and considering suicide.  However, his alcoholic mother depends on him and in a small way so does Maisie, the manager of the grocery.  Sending a prayer to God, he sets in motion events destined by God.  Ben’s not sure he believes in God, however, God believes in him.

Summer Smith, new college graduate, has no idea what she wants to do with her life. When her Aunt offers her a two month job in her floral shop while she’s on a cruise, Summer jumps at the chance.  She has two months of free room and board, as well as, time to decide the course of her life.

God has a plan and sets it in motion for Ben and Summer.  Two people in desperate need, will they find love, hope, and renewal of life.  My romance book reviews of Love’s Prayer follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Love’s Prayer by author Melissa Storm‘s an intense story of alcoholism, depression, desperation, indecision, and faith.  It is also a story of God’s guidance and love for us.  Ben Davis is a sad man considering suicide;  filled with feelings of guilt, unworthiness, and depression.  Alone with a depressed alcoholic mother and in a dead-in job, he gave us his dreams to care his mother.   Ben faces many ugly facts as we journey through this book.  His prayer to God will bring a tear to your eye;  unsure how to talk to God, he stumbles through his request.  God hears every prayer, whether the prayer‘s by an articulate person or a novice.

Summer’s a woman filled with indecision;  without direction for her life and afraid any decision she makes will be wrong.  These two are perfect for each other.  Storm filled this book with deep emotion which makes it hard to read at times.  Healing comes with faith and friends who believe in them.  Melissa Storm faced, head-on, subjects which are hard to talk and read about.  She showed how we fall into the trap of depression and indecision, yet, there is always hope with help from friends and God.   Summer’s appearance in Sweet Grove sparked a desire for renewal in Ben.

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Mice And Marriage By Sophie Dawson

Contemporary Christian Romance

(Love’s Infestation Book 3)

Mice And Marriage
Mice And Marriage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE MICE AND MARRIAGE BY SOPHIE DAWSON:

Noelle Copeland, divorced mother of two young boys, helps her brother around the church he pastors.  As well as, has her hands full raising two rambunctious boys alone.  Doing church duty, setting up tables for the latest event, a mouse scares her to death.  Doing a dance on the table and screaming, Turner Metcalf, comes to her rescue.  Noelle’s determined another man will never break her heart again.  However, from this meeting comes a closeness Noelle had vowed would not happen.  Between the mysterious Turner, mice aplenty and her two sons, Noelle’s life has suddenly heated up.  My inspirational romance book review of Mice And Marriage follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Mice And Marriage by author Sophie Dawson‘s, a sweet clean romance, holds the reader‘s attention from the first pages.  Dawson included mystery in her plot lines which will intrigue the reader.  She had several plot threads to bring together for a successful finale of this book.  With clear prose, well-developed characters, and skillful plotting,  Sophie Dawson, created a solid romance novelDawson held the mystery of Turner close to her chest;  she did not reveal the nature of Turner’s business trips until the last possible moment.  Her scenes transitioned smoothly and her writing flowed well from scene to scene making Mice And Marriage easy to read.

Dawson created wonderful character’s for Mice And Marriage.  You will love Noelle and Turner;  they compliment each other so well. Including the Noelle’s boys and a cast of secondary characters enriched the story.  The boys are typical youngsters fill of energy and life, as well as, well-behaved.  Noelle’s active in her brother’s church and raises them in the Christian faith.

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Colors Of Christmas By Olivia Newport

 

Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas

Colors Of Christmas
Colors Of Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colors Of Christmas has two contemporary clean Christian stories by author Olivia Newport.

STORY-LINES COLORS OF CHRISTMAS:  CHRISTMAS IN GOLD AND CHRISTMAS IN BLUE BY OLIVIA NEWPORT:

In Colors of Christmas first story, Christmas In Gold, we find Astrid.  At eighty, she has lived a full and sometimes tragic life.  She survived the Nazi’s, a brutal life in war-torn Germany, the loss of two husbands, and raised two children alone.  Now she finds herself in an assisted living facility;  her home sold, recovering from a broken leg, and her precious gold ornaments missing.  Those ornament had survived a long history of war, property, and moves; until this last move to the facility.  Astrid also finds her physical therapist, Carly, bordering on desperation, in need of a friend and hope.  What better time for hope than Christmas;   for God gave the world the greatest hope of all at Christmas time in our Lord and Savior.

In Christmas Blue, we find Angela in need of Christmas spirit.  Deeply depressed and still mourning the death of her best friend and Christmas enthusiast, Carol, Angela finds herself in charge of the town’s Christmas To Remember event.  This is the last thing she wants to do.  With no way to get out of the job, she forges on without enthusiasm.  How can she possibly do the job, Carol was so perfect at performing each year.  Carol always had surprises galore for the crowd and worked all year preparing.  Angela had only eight days to get into the Christmas spirit and make this a Christmas honoring Carol.  When the mysterious Gabe arrives in town, he stirs things up. Will Angela finally recover from her depression and create a Christmas to remember?

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

Olivia Newport created two stories filled with emotion and faith.  In Christmas In Gold Newport established a strong lead character in Astrid;  a woman who had experienced the worse man can hand out and through her faith in God, survived.  This is not a feel good, Christmas is light and airy, story.  This story’s filled with the emotion of survival under the conditions of war

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The Amish Widower By Katie Fisher

 

The Amish Widower
The Amish Widower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE AMISH WIDOWER BY KATIE FISHER:

Suzanne Hosteller’s back in small town Charity to investigate the murder of Joseph Eshes.  Leaving her Amish life and faith to work in law enforcement, she never thought she’d be back in Charity.  Life with the Englisch has not been without its trials;  including a Captain jealous because she beat out his kids for her current job.   Suzanne’s investigating the case without a partner and she’s an outsider.  A case without a preliminary investigation and a Sheriff unwilling to help, she will not solve this case quickly or easily.  Then add in the fact, her Aunt Milly has decided to play matchmaker.  Suzanne’s former beau, Gideon Brunstetter, still lives in Charity.  Things are warming up in the small town of Charity.  My romance book review of The Amish Widower follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Katie Fisher created an awesome Amish romance mystery in The Amish WidowerFisher filled this story with emotion which the reader can feel on every page;  the anguish of a love not fulfilled, the sorrow of a dead wife, and guilt.  As well as, the grief of the missing girls from Charity.  Due to Fisher‘s vivid writing, I could feel Suzanne grief of her missing mother and murdered father.  I could feel Suzanne’s anguish as she questions her place in the world;  she’s neither Amish nor EnglischShe’s torn as she’s once more in her former Amish community.   Yet, so lonely in the Englisch world.  I loved watching Katie Fisher mature Suzanne.  Skillfully Fisher led Suzanne to realize the true reasons she left the Amish and her faith.

Gideon you will love;  he’s a strong man who lost his way.  Gideon’s riddled with guilt he must face and resolve.  But through faith in God and prayer, he found his way back.  He’s ready to help Suzanne any way he can.  Suzanne ask his help in the investigation;  knowing he can open doors unavailable to her as an Englisch.

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Sherwood Mail Order Brides By Emily Woods

 

Sherwood Mail Order Brides
Sherwood Mail Order Brides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE SHERWOOD MAIL ORDER BRIDES BY  EMILY WOODS:

In Sherwood Mail Order Brides, Emily Woods created a collection of four mail order brides venturing to the West for security and love.

Millie’s Texas Cowboy

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.

HAZEL AND THE TEXAS POSTMAN

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Gabe’s Pledge By Linda Hubalek

 

Grooms with Honor Book 3

Gabe's Pledge
Gabe’s Pledge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE GABE’S PLEDGE BY LINDA HUBALEK:

Gabe’s Pledge is the story of Iva Mae Paulson and Gabriel Shepard.  Iva has loved Gabe for years; she’s waited for him to propose.  On New Years Eve 1886, Iva announces she will sign up with a mail order bride agency;  for she intends to be a bride in 1887.  She loves teaching in Clear Creek, but wants a family and home of her own.  Hoping to push Gabe into proposing, will her plan backfire?

Gabe Shepard, shy and prodding, just can’t bring himself to propose to Iva.  After she kisses him on New Year Eve, he felt a wonderful tinge.  But can he overcome his issues to make her his wife?  Hubalek takes readers back to small town Clear Creek.  Filled with laughter, family help or was it hindrance, a strong woman, and maybe a groom of honor, Hubalek takes us on another wonderful journey in the West.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Welcome back to Clear Creek, Kansas and the people we have come to know and love;  Pastor and Kaitlyn Reagan, their six sons, the Paulson’s, Shepard’s, and all the other wonderful residents of Clear Creek.  A small town, close-knit, ready to help each other in any way they can, and where faith in God’s the backbone of the community.  Linda Hubalek skillfully filled Clear Creek with a variety of characters with different personalities and dreams. I love this series; Hubalek included characters from earlier books, allowing her readers to catch up with their lives.  I am always impatient for the next book in this series; wondering who’s the next couple united in love and faith.

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Love At Long Last By Emily Woods

 

Triple Range Ranch Western Romance Book 3

Love At Long Last
Love At Long Last

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LOVE AT LONG LAST BY EMILY WOODS:

Valerie Hillcrest, raised by wealthy parents, expected to marry a man thirty years her senior, loves her oldest friend.  Unable to abide her father’s decision, she’s sets off to find the love of her life, Thomas Wellington.  Valerie hired a private detective who discovers Thomas’ location. Thomas ran from his wealthy family when sixteen.  Unable to follows his fathers desire for him to take over the family business, Thomas left for the free life in the West.   Thomas, working on the Triple Range ranch for the last five years, can not believe his eyes when Valerie descends from a wagon; announcing to all she’s his fiancee.

Ah, “the tangled web we weave when first we practice to decease”.  Thomas realizes his lies are about to catch-up with him.  Will Valerie persuade Thomas to go back East?  How will she fit in on this working ranch in her costly clothes, precise proper English, and manners?  Will attraction and love bloom between Thomas and Valerie?   My romance book reviews of Love At Long Last follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

In Love At Long Last, Thomas’ carefully constructed life was imploding around him. Woods crafted Thomas’ dismay at the turn of events with skill.  Woods crafted this book with skillful and clean clear writing which made it an easy read.  A continuation of the Triple Range series, this book will hold the readers attention from the first pages.  I love books with recurring characters as they allow us to catch up with their lives.  I enjoyed revisiting the Triple Range again.

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To Know Her Calling By Heather Earles

 

To Know Her Calling
To Know Her Calling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE TO KNOW HER CALLING BY HEATHER EARLES:

In To Know Her Calling, Louise meets a masked stranger at the skating rink.  Many skaters are wearing beautiful scarfs, which two beautiful employees helped her put on;  explaining she could buy the scarf or turn it in at the end of her night.  Having fun, trying to skate after years, and of course falling, a masked stranger comes to her rescue; giving her pointers and the scarf to keep.  Raul, the masked man, could not keep his eyes off the beautiful woman he helped on the skating floor.  The attraction’s mutual.  She ask him to come dancing with her and her brothers the next night.  Things are moving fast;  is romance within God’s will for Louise and Raul?

Louise, a woman of faith and prayer, works hard, living a normal American life; family, church, friends, and teaching dance.  Raul’s a mystery covered by a scarf;  which she eventually persuades him to remove.  She sees a handsome foreigner with a scar running down his face. What is it about this man that attracts her so?  He owns the skating rink, but what’s his story?  Spending more and more time together the attraction grows into much more.  Raul has secrets; secrets, which when revealed, may cause Louise to run the other way.  My Christian romance book reviews follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

To Know Her Calling is filled with emotion, faith, family dynamics, and secrets. The faith Raul and Louise have is awe-inspiring as each are Christians and faithful to God’s commands.  A clean sweet romance, Earles crafted a wonderful romance which will keep you reading to the last page.  Filled with family dynamics and obligations, she shows two close-knit faith based families who worship God and pray for guidance daily.

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The Pastor’s Replacement Bride By George H. McVey

 

 

Mail Order Brides of Sanctuary Book 1

The Pastor's Replacement Bride
The Pastor’s Replacement Bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Christian brides.  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 orphanageIndentured 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.

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Donna’s Detour By Jo Huddleston

 

 

DONNA'S DETOUR
DONNA’S DETOUR

 

 

 

Get Your Kiss On Route 66

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE DONNA’S DETOUR:

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?

Grab your favorite beverage and have a seat; my romance novel review of Donna’s Detour follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

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.

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Long Journey Home By Caroline Johnson

 

Rocky Brook Cowboys Book 1

Long Journey Home
Long Journey Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LONG JOURNEY HOME BY CAROLINE JOHNSON:

In Long Journey Home, Holly raised on the Rocky Brook Ranch, finds herself headed back home; without a job and little money left in the bank.  Never wanting the ranch life of dirt, manure, and hard work, she made her mark in the big city.  When her company merges with another, she lost her job.  Looking for work for six months, Holly has no choice except return to Rocky Brook and her family.

Upon her arrival, Spence, a nuisance from her childhood, meets her at the car. However, he’s matured and turned into a handsome man she does not recognize. Her sister reveals his identity to Holly.  From here Holly’s thrown into further disarray; for she feels immediate attraction.  However, Holly does not want to live on a ranch, the city life’s for her.

Holly finds she can not tell her father why she’s back; although she does tell her sisters and mother.  She’s afraid he will consider her a failure and she’ll see disappointment on his face.  How will Holly tell her father about her situation?  Will love bloom between Spence and Holly?  Will Spence convince Holly he will give her the life she wants on the ranch along with his love?  My romance book review of Long Journey Home follows

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Long Journey Home’s a sweet contemporary romance filled with angst and family dynamics.  None us want to let down our parent, Johnson shows how unnecessary our worries.  As Holly found in Long Journey Home, parents love unconditionally even when we think they’re disappointed.

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Love’s Journey By Emily Murdoch

 

Love's Journey
Love’s Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LOVE’S JOURNEY BY EMILY MURDOCH:

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’s 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.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

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

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The Vengeful Groom By Misty Shae

 

The Vengeful Groom
The Vengeful Groom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE VENGEFUL GROOM BY MISTY SHAE:

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.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

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.

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Heart On The Line By Karen Witemeyer

 

Ladies of Harper’s Station Book #2

Heart On The Line
Heart On The Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HEART ON THE LINE BY KAREN WITEMEYER:

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 to 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.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Heart on the Line, by author Karen Witemeyer, entertains and enthrall the reader from the first pages.  She grabbed me immediately; I could not read fast enough.  A sweet clean romance filled with mystery, grief, love, faith, and strength, the reader finds two romances in this book.

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. 

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A Memoir A Testimony Volumes 1 and 2 By Beth Durkee

 

A Memoir A Testimony Volumes 1 and 2
A Memoir A Testimony Volumes 1 and 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A MEMOIR A TESTIMONY VOLUMES 1 AND 2

MEMORY OF MIRACLES VOLUME 1:

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 strong faith 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

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A Heart Made For Love By Linda Tillis

 

 

A Heart Made For Love by Linda Tillis, Cover
A Heart Made For Love, Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY LINE A HEART MADE FOR LOVE BY LINDA TILLIS:

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

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MICHAEL’S ANGEL, Book 2 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series by Karen Wiesner

Michael's Angel

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!

MICHAEL’S ANGEL, STORY LINE:

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,

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Wayward Angels: Wounded Warriors Series, Book 4 By Karen Wiesner

 

wayward angels book 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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-

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Charity Gives Her Heart (Book 3 of The Parson’s Daughters) By Annie Boone

Charity Gives Her Heart

 

 

Sweet Romance

A Parson’s Daughter

A Parson’s Son

 

 

STORY LINE:

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.

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The Midwife’s Dilemma By Delia Parr

The Midwife's Dilemma

 

 

Last Book Of The At Home In Trinity Trilogy

The Midwife And A Wonderful Cast Of Character

 

 

 

STORY LINE:

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

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The Cowboy’s Bride Collection: 9 Historical Romances From on Old West Ranches

THE COWBOY BRIDE COLLECTION

 

 

By Susan Davis Paige, Vickie McDonough, Susanne Dietze, Nancy J. Farrier, Miralee Ferrel, Davalynn Spender, Becca Whitham, Jaime Jo Wright.

 

 

STORY LINE, PLOTTING AND DEVELOPMENT:

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

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The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection by Bell, Breidenbach, Carter, Connealy, Jepson, Lillard, Welborn, Y’Barbo, Zedik

the lassoed by marrige romance collection

 

How did you marry?

 

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.

 

 

Character, Plotting And Development:

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.

 

Stories:

The Substitute Bride by Angela Bell

This story is a different take on the story book “The Ugly Duckling”, and

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A Brides Agreement by DiAnn Mills Elaine Bonner, Ramona K. Cecil, Nancy J. Farrier, JoAnn A. Grote pub date 10-1-15

A Brides Agreement

Full Length Novels!

Clean Stories Of Love And Marriage

 

This book contains five full length stories of marriages of convenience that bring happiness, love, and joy to each marriage.

These stories were written by talented seasoned authors.  You will not regret purchasing this book.  Each book is a well-developed and character driven.

 

Thanks to a Lonely Heart by Author Elaine Bonner

Steven Barnes needs a wife to care for his 5 children he hasn’t seen in years; he left to seek work in Austin

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